Elisa Prosperetti, Ph.D.

I am a historian specializing in modern African and global history. I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College, where I teach a range of courses on African history.

My dissertation, “Every Available Penny: Expectations, Education, and Development in Postcolonial West Africa,” examines the history of postcolonial education in West Africa, focusing on regional rivals Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. I am currently at work on the great transformation, from dissertation to manuscript.

With this website, I hope to share some of the work that I have done over the last few years.

My most up-to-date CV is available here



April 21, 2020: L’histoire de l’éducation de la colonisation aux décolonisations en Afrique (années 1920–1970) — Journée d’étude (INALCO, Paris) — postponed.

Feel free to contact me at eprosper[at]mtholyoke.edu.

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