Matthew Stanard

Matthew Stanard

Associate Professor of History; Department Chair 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. In spring 2016 he offered a course on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. 

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

The Evans School of Humanities sponsored a major international conference in England in January 2017. Associate Professor of History Matthew Stanard co-organized “The End of Empire: European Popular Responses” Conference at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and the University of Birmingham Jan. 11-13.

The three-day international conference featured scholars from the U.S., U.K., Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, Belgium and France, who presented original research on the cultural legacy of the imperial past in European popular culture.

“The End of Empire” Conference was also sponsored by the University of Birmingham (U.K.), The Past & Present Society, and the Maison française d’Oxford.

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, will be published this spring by Wiley.

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