Fac/Staff profile

Joe Harris

Professor of African and Modern European History
Joe Lunn
1250 SSB (Social Sciences Building)
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

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Biography and Education

Joe Lunn received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in African and Modern European history (joint degree) and is a specialist in cross-cultural comparative and oral history.  A Fulbright Senior Scholar and recipient of the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Distinguished Research Award, he is the author of Memoirs of the Maelstrom:  A Senegalese Oral History of the First World War, which received the Alf Heggoy Prize (for best book) of the French Colonial Historical Society.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin--Madison

Teaching and Research

Selected Publications

Memoirs of the Maelstrom: A Senegalese Oral History of the First World War. Heinemann, 1999.

L’odyssée des combattants sénégalais, 1914-1918. L’Harmattan, 2014.

"Kande Kamara Speaks: An Oral History of the West African Experience in France, 1914-1918," Macmillan, 1987.

"`Les Races guerrières': Racial Preconceptions in the French Military about West Africans during the First World War," The Journal of Contemporary History 34, 4 (October 1999).

“France’s Legacy to Demba Mboup? A Wolof Griot (and His Descendants) Remember His Military Service During the Great War,” Cambridge, 2011.

“Senegalesische Kriegsgefangene erzählen,” Frankfurt, 2014).

Awards and Recognition

  • Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Award
  • Bourse Chateaubrind, French Ministry of Culture
  • Alf Heggoy Prize (for best book), French Colonial Historical Society
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn Distinguished Research Award
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn Faculty Senate Chair and Vice Chair service recognition awards
  • First World War Centennial, invited panelist, Paris, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (declined)
  • First World War Centennial, invited panelist, Berlin, Deutsches Historische Museum


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