About the Director

Dr. Jesse Bucher

Jesse Bucher is Associate Professor of History, Director of the Center for Studying Structures of Race, and Coordinator of the African and African Diaspora Studies Concentration at Roanoke College.  He has a PhD in African history from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he was a MacArthur Scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change.  Prior to arriving at Roanoke College in 2012, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.  Bucher’s research utilizes postcolonial and critical theory to interpret the history of political violence, colonialism, and racial politics in both Tanzania and South Africa.  He has worked on projects related to histories of public commemoration, memorialization, and monuments.  At Roanoke College he regularly offers courses on the history of slavery, on African history, and on Black political movements throughout Africa and the African Diaspora. He can be reached at