Penner, Robert

MA Student


Degree Program: MA, History, exp. graduation 2019

BA, History, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2016

Research Interests

My research focuses on Africa in the 20th century. I am interested in environmental histories, neo-colonialism, imperialist intervention and Marxist revolution. My thesis will focus on how Marxist revolutionaries in Burkina Faso between 1983 and 1987 went about addressing environmental and agricultural issues through successful mobilization of the large rural population. More broadly I am interested in Atlantic world studies and the connections between revolutionary movements in the Caribbean and in West Africa.


UWM Urban Studies Student Research Forum in 2018. "The Profits of Insanity: The Urbanization and Economic Development of Asylum Poor Farms in Wisconsin, 1890-1920."