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Roots of Contemporary Issues Faculty

Sean Wempe

Sean Andrew Wempe received his doctorate from Emory University in Spring 2015. He is currently a Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Washington State University. His current manuscript project is entitled Revenants of a Fallen Empire: Colonial Germans, the League of Nations, and the Redefinition of Imperialism, 1919-1933. Framed by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, the formation of the League of Nations Mandates System, the 1925 Locarno Conference, and the Manchurian Crisis of the early 1930s, his work explores how German men and women from Germany’s former African colonies exploited transnational opportunities to recover, renovate and market their understandings of European colonial aims in order to reestablish themselves as “experts” and “fellow civilizers” in European and American discourses on citizenship, nationalism, and imperialism. Some of his work on this topic has been published in German History (Oxford University Press) and The International History Review (Taylor & Francis). His research interests include imperialism, internationalism, Germany, European ecumenicist missions in Africa, and the history of Public Health. His future work will explore the history of German involvement in the construction and definition of the governance structures and policies of institutions related to Global Public Health in the twentieth century. For more details, see Dr. Wempe’s Curriculum Vitae.