Kathleen Keller


Professor Kathleen Keller specializes in the history of connections between France and West Africa in the 20th century, especially related to colonialism. Her current research focuses on the surveillance of "suspicious persons" by French colonial police in the interwar era. This research delves into the politics of colonial identity, the role of the "civilizing mission," and understandings of urban people and space. She has published articles in the journals French Historical Studies and French Colonial History

Dr. Keller offers courses at Gustavus on modern European imperialism, modern Africa, modern France, women's history, and the history of policing and surveillance. 


Ph.D. History, Rutgers University; B.A. History and French, University of Notre Dame

Areas of Expertise

colonialism, France, and West Africa


cooking and travel

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HIS-150Modern Africa52016/FA, 2013/FA, and 2011/FA
HIS-120Europe 1648-Present42015/SP, 2012/SP, and 2011/FA
HIS-105World History42014/FA and 2012/FA
HIS-251Africa since 194532016/FA, 2015/SP, and 2012/FA
HIS-201European Imperialism22013/FA and 2012/SP
CUR-110Historical Perspective II22013/SP
HIS-300Research Seminar12015/SP
HIS-344ST:Modern France12014/FA
HIS-226European Women12013/SP