The History Department at Moravian College

Curtis A. Keim

Curtis A. Keim

Email: keimc [at]

Teaching: I teach a variety of courses on Africa including an introductory course on African civilizations, conflict and conflict resolution in modern Africa, and modern Southern Africa. I also teach courses in the Political Science department and I offer World Geography and Global Issues in the Learning in Common curriculum.

Current Research: From 2000 to 2007 I was dean of the faculty at Moravian College and thus focused on administrative matters.  Since mid-2007 I completed the second edition of my book on American attitudes toward Africa and am now turning to other projects.  I have two projects in mind, one on alternatives to military service and the other on the history of the Budu people of northeastern Congo, a continuation of my research on pre-colonial African political and economic organizations.

Selected Publications


  • Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind (2nd ed) (Boulder: Westview, 2009)
  • The Scramble for Art in Central Africa. Co-edited with Enid Schildkrout (American Museum of Natural History). (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).
  • African Reflections: The Art of Northeast Zaire. Co-authored with Enid Schildkrout, with contributions by Jan Vansina, John Mack, and Didier Demolin. (Seattle: University of Washington, 1990).

Articles and Chapters:

  • “Artes Africanae: The Western Discovery of “Art” in Northeastern Zaire.” In Schildkrout and Keim, eds., The Scramble for Art in Central Africa (above), 109-132.
  • “Objects and agendas: re-collecting the Congo.” With Enid Schildkrout. In Schildkrout and Keim, eds., The Scramble for Art in Central Africa (above), 1-36.
  • “Africa and Europe to 1900.” In Phyllis Martin and Patrick O’Meara, eds., Africa, 3rd ed. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995).
  • “Mangbetu Pottery: Tradition and Innovation in Northeast Zaire.” With Enid Schildkrout and Jill Hellman in African Arts, 22, 2 (1989), 38-47.
  • “Women in Slavery among the Mangbetu.” In Claire Robertson and Martin Klein, eds., Women and Slavery in Africa (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, l983), 144-159.
  • “Long-distance Trade and the Mangbetu, c. 1865-1885,” Journal of African History, 14, 1 (1983), 1-22.
  • “Literary Creativity in Anglophone Cameroon.” With Karen R. Keim in Research in African Literatures 13, 2 (1982), 216-222.