Gregory Mann

Associate Professor of History

Columbia University

Gregory Mann is an historian of francophone West Africa. He is currently working on a book project entitled The End of the Road: Nongovernmentality in the West African Sahel. Drawing on research conducted primarily in Mali, the project analyzes the rise of novel forms of political rationality among governments and non-governmental organizations in the Sahel from 1946 to the late 1970s. His award-winning book Native Sons: West African Veterans and France in the 20th Century was published by Duke University Press in 2006. Mann's articles have appeared in the American Historical Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the Journal of African History and Politique Africaine, among other publications. His writing on contemporary West African politics has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Review of African Political Economy, and in various media outlets. He blogs periodically with the Africa Is a Country collective (