Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Elisa Prosperetti
Assistant Professor, National Institute of Education - Humanities & Social Studies Education
Trained as a historian of West Africa, Dr. Elisa Prosperetti is interested in the ways that ideas circulate globally, particularly in the context of 20th century decolonization and nation-building. Her research explores how schooling comes to be imagined as part of larger projects of emancipation—from colonial rule, from material need, and from oppressive racial and imperial ideologies. Prosperetti is currently at work on her first book manuscript, tentatively titled An Anticolonial Development: Public Education and West African Emancipation (1920-1980).

Prosperetti’s research interests in education, development and decolonization grew out of the years she spent as a classroom teacher in the US and, for two years, at Clementi Town Secondary School in Singapore. She welcomes conversations and collaborations around pedagogy and the practice of education.

In addition to her academic publications, Prosperetti contributes to the mission of public history as a regular podcast host for the New Books Network.

Prior to joining NIE, Dr. Prosperetti taught at Mount Holyoke College (USA) and SciencesPo (France). She earned her Phd and MA degrees in History from Princeton University and her BSc from the London School of Economics.
Africa and the Atlantic World, Development and Modernization, Empire and Decolonization, History of Education, Intellectual History
  • Imagining the Future After Empire: Decolonization, Education and Development