John Cropper


I focus on the social and environmental history of West Africa.  My dissertation examines the history of energy in Senegal—specifically coal, oil, and charcoal—to examine how state actors, colonial officials, and local populations have consumed and used energy over time.  More broadly, I am interested in questions that engage issues of resource scarcity, climate change, and environmental degradation and how they have been dichotomized between the global and the local, the city and the periphery, and the “wilderness” and “civilization.”