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Harcourt Fuller

Associate Professor

Harcourt Fuller is a Fulbright Global Scholar and Associate Professor of History in the Department of History at Georgia State University. Dr. Fuller holds a PhD in International History and an MSc (with Merit) in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). He also holds an MA in History, a BA (with Honors) in International Studies, an AS in Liberal Arts & Sciences, and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the City University of New York (CUNY). As an internationally recognized scholar, he has conducted research, given invited lectures and presented conference papers in Africa, Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean.

Professor Fuller’s multidisciplinary research and teaching expertise include the socio-political, cultural and economic history of West Africa (Ghana in particular), and the African Diaspora in the Americas, from the early modern period to the present. His scholarship is particularly concerned with the history of resistance against slavery and colonialism (particularly through Marronage), as well as anti-colonial nationalism, trans-nationalism, symbolic nationalism, and the construction and contestation of national and ethno-national identity in the Africana World.


Dr. Fuller’s publications include the monograph, Building the Ghanaian Nation-State: Kwame Nkrumah’s Symbolic Nationalism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), the co-edited book Money in Africa (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 2009), as well as book chapters, and articles in peer-reviewed academic journals such as African Studies QuarterlyNations and Nationalism, African Arts, and a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History.

Dr. Fuller’s current research endeavor is a major international, interdisciplinary, collaborative and multifaceted undertaking that interrogates the ethnogeneses, histories, cultures, identities, experiences and present-day realities of Maroon nations in the Americas. Beginning with the history and contemporary dynamics of the Jamaican Maroons, this research project includes the publication of books, journal articles, the production of documentary-films, sound recordings, digital humanities content, web and social media material, and new courses. Forthcoming articles will appear in journals including the Journal of Africana Religions, and Afro-Hispanic Review in 2017. Professor Fuller is currently writing his second book, which is entitled, Queen-Mother Nanny of the Maroons: The Trans-National History, Legend and Legacy of a Jamaican National Heroine. His audio-visual publications include the double-CD sound recording, Granny Nanny Come Oh: Jamaican Maroon Kromanti and Kumina Music and Other Oral Traditions (2016), and the award-winning 1-hour documentary, Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (2015). The United Nations Department of Public Information has held Special World Screenings of the documentary globally, as part of the UN’s “Remember Slavery” and “Women and Slavery” programs, under the banner of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).


At GSU, Professor Fuller teaches undergraduate courses including HIST 4290 Enslavement & Maroon Resistance in the Americas, HIST 3650 Africa and the World, HIST 4770 Western Africa, and HIST 1112 Survey of World History – 1500 to Present. His graduate-level instruction includes HIST 8410 Seminar in African History, HIST 8900 Directed Readings in West African History, and HIST 9010 Directed Research in the History of the Americas. In his previous teaching posts at Connecticut College, Emmanuel College, and Florida International University, Dr. Fuller has taught courses such as Introduction to African History, African Civilizations, International History of Africa – 1884 to the Present, Ghana in World History, Modern World History, and United States and Global Issues – 19th and 20th Centuries. Dr. Fuller has also held non-teaching research positions at Boston University and the British Museum (London).

Cultural Arts Projects

In addition to his research and pedagogy, Dr. Fuller has also spearheaded and collaborated on international programs in the visual, literary and performing arts, both within and outside of academia. This includes projects with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City; the High Museum of Art, the Rialto Center for the Arts, and the Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA) in Atlanta; and Arts Council England.

Community Engagement

Dr. Fuller does not confine his research and pedagogy solely to the halls and classrooms of colleges and universities. Rather, he regularly shares his expertise publicly, including mentoring at-risk youths and giving public talks and workshops at K-12 schools, community-based civic and cultural organizations, and through NGOs and IGOs, locally and internationally.

Media Appearances

As a public scholar, Professor Fuller has contributed articles and op-eds that have appeared in popular print and online media outlets such as the Conversation, Motto/Time Magazine, Huffington Post, and (India). Moreover, he has been quoted in prominent publications such as the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Le Monde (France), as well as the Chronicle of Higher Education/Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Professor Fuller has also appeared on broadcasting networks such as the BBC, Deutsche Welle (Germany’s international broadcaster), United Nations Radio and Web TV, and NPR.