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Philip Janzen

Office: 494 Grinter Hall
Phone: (352) 273-4763

Mailing address:
Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

Assistant Professor Philip Janzen is a historian of migration and race in Africa and the Atlantic world. He received his Ph.D. in African history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and joined the University of Florida in 2019.

Janzen is currently working on a book manuscript about people from the Caribbean who joined the French and British colonial administrations in West and Central Africa. Doubly marginalized, Caribbean administrators mobilized colonial thinking about race and nation to create intellectual networks that transcended imperial boundaries. The manuscript combines historical research with literary analysis and human geography and explores the profound impacts of dislocation, racism, and assimilation.

Janzen’s work has appeared in The Americas: A Quarterly Journal of Latin American History, Histoire Sociale/Social History, The Canadian Journal of African Studies, and His research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Janzen teaches courses on African and world history.