Penner, Robert

History

Education

MA, History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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 focuses 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 for land reform, the restructuring of cooperation agreements with local and international NGOs, and an emphasis on scaling back participation in seasonal labor migration. More broadly I am interested in Atlantic world studies and the connections between revolutionary movements in the Caribbean and in West Africa as well as rural environmentalism, agricultural mass movements and applications of Marxist-Leninist theory in the global south.

Presentations

UWM Urban Studies Student Research Forum 2018. "The Profits of Insanity: The Urbanization and Economic Development of Asylum Poor Farms in Wisconsin, 1890-1920."
Stony Brook University Graduate History Conference 2018. "Economic Imposition, Spatial Navigation and African Revolution in an Atlantic World."
Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2018. "Economic Imposition, Spatial Navigation and African Revolution in an Atlantic World."