Elisa Prosperetti, Ph.D.

I am a historian specializing in modern African and global 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 successfully defended my dissertation at Princeton University in November 2019.

Currently, I am a Teaching Fellow in the Europe-Africa program at SciencesPo in Reims (France).

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.

African Studies Association Annual Conference, Nov. 2020: New Approaches to the History of Schooling in West and East Africa [panel proposal submitted].

Feel free to contact me at elisa.prosperetti[at]sciencespo.fr.

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