Harcourt Fuller, PhD

Organizer/Principal Researcher

Harcourt Fuller is Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Dr. Fuller has also previously taught at Connecticut College, Emmanuel College, Florida International University, and was a Visiting Scholar and Visiting Researcher in the African American Studies Program and African Studies Center, respectively, at Boston University.

An historian of Africa and the African Diaspora, Dr. Fuller holds a PhD in International History and an MSc (with Merit) in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). He also holds an MA in History, a BA in International Studies, an AS in Liberal Arts & Sciences, and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the City University of New York (CUNY). He has conducted research, given invited lectures and presented conference papers in Africa, Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean.

Dr. Fuller’s publications include the monograph Building the Ghanaian Nation-State: Kwame Nkrumah’s Symbolic Nationalism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and the co-edited book Money in Africa (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 2009). In addition to having published articles in peer-reviewed academic journals such as African Studies QuarterlyNations and Nationalism and African Arts, Dr. Fuller has also contributed several articles to popular print and online media publications, and has been quoted in prominent newspapers such as the New York Time, the Christian Science Monitor, and Le Monde (France). He has also appeared on United Nations Radio and United Nations Web TV.

As a scholar of Maroon descent, Dr. Fuller is currently undertaking a major interdisciplinary, collaborative and multi-faceted research project to interrogate Maroon history, ethnogenesis and experiences in the Americas. Beginning with the history and contemporary dynamics of the Jamaican Maroons, this international research project, which is being conducted in Ghana, Jamaica, Britain, Canada and the U.S., includes the publication of books, journal articles, the production of documentary-films, digital humanities content, as well as web and social media material. In collaboration with Hollywood stuntman and film director Roy T. Anderson, Dr. Fuller created and produced the documentary-film Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (Action 4 Reel Flimworks, 2015), which was premiered at the United Nations Headquarters and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, as well as the University of the West Indies-Mona and the Maroon community of Moore Town in Jamaica’s Blue & John Crow Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site, in October 2015.

Moreover, Dr. Harcourt Fuller has over twenty years of international experience working with artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, both within and outside of academia. This includes projects with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; the Audubon Arts Festival and Uptown Arts Stroll in New York City; the Rialto Center for the Arts and the Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA) in Atlanta; and Arts Council England.