Matthew Stanard

Matthew Stanard

Professor of History

Department: History
Phone: (706) 290-2157
Fax: 706-236-2205
Campus Box: 5010
Location: Evans 131


B.A., Wake Forest University
M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University-Bloomington 

Teaching Interests

Dr. Stanard regularly offers courses on modern European history, Africa since 1800, world history, as well as a course on imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism.

Research Interests

Dr. Stanard is a historian of modern European history (roughly 1789 to recent times) with an emphasis on Europe's relations with the wider world, in particular European imperialism and decolonization from the late 1800s to the second half of the twentieth century.  He has lived or traveled in Europe regularly since the early 1980s.  Dr. Stanard has published a number of essays on European overseas imperialism, comparative empires, Belgian colonialism in the Congo, and colonial culture in Europe.  He has been a Wolfsonian Fellow at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University in Miami Beach, Florida, a Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellow in Brussels, a Chancellor’s Fellow at Indiana University  in Bloomington, Indiana, and a participant in the National History Center's Decolonization Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Field Experience

Click here to listen to Dr. Stanard’s interview for “This Week in History: The Congo Free State” for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation program Nightlife.

Selected Publications

Dr. Stanard's Book, Selling the Congo, is now out in paperback with University of Nebraska Press.

Dr. Stanard’s latest book, European Overseas Imperialism, 1879-1999: A Short History, has been published by Wiley.

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