Seth Markle joined Trinity's Department of History and International Studies Program in 2009. He earned his B.A with honors from Tufts University (African Studies & English), while also serving as the co-founder and co-Director of The Nia Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth leadership development, grassroots community organizing and popular political education until 2002. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in history from New York University. His current research project examines how postcolonial national state formation in Tanzania (East Africa) shaped the transnational practices and diaspora identities of Black radicals from the United States during the 1960s and 1970s.
Seth Markle's courses on Africa are taught through an interdisciplinary lens, with emphasis on the critical interrogation of personal memoirs, oral histories, film, fiction, photography and music. In an effort to challenge the prevailing negative stereotypes and myths still associated with the peoples and cultures of the African continent, Markle seeks to impress upon his students the multi-layered dimensions of African agency and Africa's historical contributions to the making of the modern world.
Professor Markle also serves as the faculty sponsor for Trinity's Study Away Program in Cape Town, South Africa and Coordinator of the International Studies Program's Africa concentration and the Interdisciplinary Minor in African Studies Minor. For more information on African Studies at Trinity College, go to: