Andrew Zimmerman

Professor of History and International Affairs
Room 304 Phillips Hall
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

German history; imperialism and colonialism; and historiography and critical theory.

Andrew Zimmerman is professor of history at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Before joining the History Department at George Washington University, Professor Zimmerman completed his PhD in History at the University of California, San Diego, and was a Mellon fellow in history at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. He is currently working on a global history of the American Civil War.


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego


Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010.

Anthropology and Antihumanism in Imperial Germany. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

"'What do you really want in German East Africa, Herr Professor?' Counterinsurgency and the Science Effect in Colonial Tanzania." Comparative Studies in Society and History 48 (2006): 419-461.

"Decolonizing Weber." Postcolonial Studies 9 (2006): 53-79.

"A German Alabama in Africa: The Tuskegee Expedition to German Togo and the Transnational Origins of West African Cotton Growers." American Historical Review 110 (2005): 1362-1398.

"Anti-Semitism as Skill: Rudolf Virchow's Schulstatistik and the Racial Composition of Germany." Central European History 32 (1999): 409-429.

Classes Taught

HIST 1120 European Civilization in Its World Context

HIST 3160 History of Germany (from William II to present)

HIST 6001 Special Topics: Historiography of Modern Germany

HIST 6005 History and Historians

HIST 6050 Modernization, Imperialism, Globalization

HIST 6121 Readings/Research Seminar: Modern European History