Elisa Prosperetti, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student specializing in modern African history. My dissertation examines the transnational history of postcolonial education in West Africa, focusing on regional rivals Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

With this website, I hope to share some of the work that I have done over the last few years as a doctoral student. My most up-to-date CV is available here, and my email is elisap@princeton.edu.



June 28, 2018: L’Aventure 46 : The Afterlife of Houphouët-Boigny’s Educational Insurgency – Décolonisation et enjeux post-coloniaux de l’enfance et de la jeunesse (1945-1980) (Angers, France).

July 10, 2018: L’histoire du mouvement ‘Education Pour Tous’ vue par l’Afrique – Les 5èmes Rencontres Scientifiques des Études Africaines en France (Marseille, France).

September 5–7, 2018: Gli economisti e la scuola: storia delle politiche per lo sviluppo dell’Africa occidentale (1960–1980) – ASAI V, Quinta conferenza dell’Associazione per gli studi africani in Italia (Bologna, Italy).

November 29 – December 1, 2018: Massive, Unconventional and Expensive: Manpower Estimates and Structural Adjustment in West Africa, 1960–1985 – Presenter and Panel Chair: For Whom, For What?: Debating Development Narratives in Postcolonial Africa, African Studies Association Annual Meeting (Atlanta, United States).

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