Robert Harms, PhD
- Henry J. Heinz Professor of History
- Director of Undergraduate Studies, History
Robert Harms, who received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978, is the author of River of Wealth, River of Sorrow: The Central Zaire Basin in the Era of the Slave and Ivory Trade (1981), Games Against Nature: An Eco-Cultural History of the Nunu of Equatorial Africa (1988/1999), and The Diligent: Worlds of the Slave Trade (2001). His graduate courses include reading seminars on African environmental history and African agrarian history, and a research seminar on African History.
Professor Harms’ celebrated book, The Diligent: Worlds of the Slave Trade, is based on the extraordinary journal of French lieutenant Robert Durand who participated in the slave trade. Click here to watch a short TV news report about Professor Harms’ research. Then look at the sample entry from Lieutenant Durand’s journal below, which is located in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.
- PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978
- MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1973
- BA, Tabor College, 1968
- "The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade", New York: Basic Books, 2002.
- Games Against Nature: An EcoCultural History of the Nunu of Equatorial Africa. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987. Second edition, 1999.
- River of Wealth, River of Sorrow: The Central Zaire Basin in the Era of the Slave and Ivory Trade, 1500-1891. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981.
- Colonialism in Equatorial Africa
Belgium, Congo, France, United Kingdom, Tanzania (2007-Present)
This project traces the transformation of the Congo River Basin from an unexplored territory in 1875 to the most brutally colonized region of Africa three decades later.