Harry Gamble

Harry Gamble

Associate Professor; Chair of French and Francophone Studies

Department/Affiliation: French and Francophone Studies, International Relations
Phone: 330-263-2400
Office Address: 206 Kauke


  • B.A., French, Wake Forest University, 1989
  • M.A., French Studies, New York University 1996
  • Ph.D., French Studies, New York University 2002

Courses Taught

  • Contemporary France
  • Literature and Culture of Francophone Africa
  • France and North Africa
  • Journeys in the French-Speaking Caribbean
  • Introduction to Francophone Texts
  • Intermediate French
  • Beginning French

Other Experience and Awards

  • Peace Corps volunteer, Mali, West Africa, 1992-1994
  • Pensionnaire étranger, École Normale Supérieure (Paris), 1997
  • Chateaubriand Fellowship (awarded by the French government), 1998-1999
  • Grant from the Henry Luce Fund for Distinguished Scholarship, Fall 2008
  • Associate Dean for the Class of 2013
  • Associate Dean for Educational Planning and Advising, 2010-2011
  • Campus Coordinator, Peace Corps Prep Program, 2014-present

Select Publications

  • "The National Revolution in French West Africa: Dakar-Jeunes and the Shaping of African Opinion," International Journal of Francophone Studies 10 (1-2) (2007): 85-103.
  • "Peasants of the Empire: Rural Schools and the Colonial Imaginary in 1930s French West Africa," Cahiers d'études africaines 3, n. 195 (2009): 775-804.
  • "La Crise de l'enseignement en Afrique occidentale française, 1944-1950." Histoire de l'éducation 128 (October-December 2010): 129-162.


Harry Gamble specializes in the history, cultures, and literatures of Francophone Africa. He also focuses on various dimensions of contemporary France, and particularly immigrant histories and cultures.

Professor Gamble's current research explores the history of French West Africa. He is finishing a book on colonial schooling and the controversies that it produced between 1900 and 1950. He is also interested in the history of francophone universities in Africa, from the late colonial period through decolonization, national independence, and the current period pf accelerating globalization.