Ibra Sene

Ibra Sene

Associate Professor - History [On Leave 2019-2020]

Office: Kauke 116
Phone: 330-263-2622
Email: isene@wooster.edu


  • B.A., Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal 1996
  • M.A., Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal 1998
  • M.L.I.S., Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal 1999
  • D.E.A., Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal 2000
  • Graduate Certificate, University of Amsterdam 2006
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University 2008


  • HIST 231: Africa to 1800
  • First Year Seminar
  • European Colonialism and Imperialism
  • Prison Systems
  • African and African-American Relations
  • Islam and Societies in Africa

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Global Liberal Arts Alliance Exchange Program, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Ifrane, Morocco, June 25-July 3, 2010.
  • Henry Luce III Fund for Distinguished Scholarship Award, The College of Wooster, 2011
  • The Ralston Faculty Development Grant, The College of Wooster, 2009
  • Donald Lammers Graduate Award, Department of History, Michigan State University, 2007
  • Summer Research Enhancement Award, Department of History, Michigan State University, 2007
  • NFP Fellowship, Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education, 2006
  • SSRC-ACLS International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF), 2005-2006
  • W.J. Eccles Prize, The French Colonial Historical Society, 2004
  • Graduate Student International Travel Grant (GSITG), International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University, Summer 2002
  • Graduate Teaching Award, Department of History, Michigan State University, Fall 2001
  • West African Research Association Travel Grant, Spring 2001
  • MA Thesis Writing Grant, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), 1996

Professional Memberships

  • Association of African Historians
  • African Studies Association (ASA)
  • West African Research Association (WARA) (Member of the Board of Directors - 2010-2013)
  • The French Colonial Historical Society
  • Groupe d'Etudes et de Recherches sur la Marginalite et l'Exclusion au Sénégal (GERMES), Dept. of History, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal
  • Association Senegalaise des Bibliothécaires, Archivistes, et Documentalistes (ASBAD) [Senegalese Library and Information Science Association]


  • “Slavery, History, and Memory: A Report on the African Burial Ground in New York City”, PHARE: Patrimoine & Histoire en Afrique : Recherches et Expériences, No. 2, August 2008, pp. 12-15.
  • “A Critical Approach of the Community College Model in the Global Order: The College Universitaire Régional of Bambey (Senegal) as a Case Study”, in Rosalind Latiner Raby and Edward Valeau, (eds.), Community College Models, Globalization, and Higher Education Reform, Springer, 2009 (co-author: Barrel Gueye).
  • "Colonisation française et exploitation de la main-d'œuvre carcérale au Sénégal : De l'emploi des détenus des camps pénaux sur les chantiers des travaux routiers, (1927-1940)", French Colonial History, Vol. 5, 2004, pp. 153-171.
  • "Sénégal: un système pénitentiaire en crise. Acteurs et enjeux des débats en cours". Revue Française d'Histoire d'Outre-Mer, t.86, n°324-325, 1999, p.124-148. (co-authors: Ibrahima Thioub, Babacar Ba)
  • An A-Z of African Studies on the Internet [A regularly updated and widely-cited and used Internet guide to African studies] (www.lib.msu.edu/limb/a-z/az.html) (co-author: Peter Limb)
  • “Race and Imprisonment in Colonial Senegal: Evidence from the Prison of Saint-Louis (1860-1940)”, in Jyoti Mohan and Mike Vann, eds., Anthology on Race in France and the French Colonies (forthcoming).