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Dr. Cassandra Mark-Thiesen

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Global inequalities in knowledge production can have devise effects on the fabric of society. Dr. Mark-Thiesen is thus interested in the historical cultures of Africa. Thinking of historical production and dissemination in its multiplicity can help to bring forgotten or erased actors and stories back into the limelight. Moreover, thinking of how the present influences the production of history helps to give history the necessary authenticity.


She was born in Liberia to parents of Caribbean heritage. She later grew up in Switzerland, studied Communications and African Studies in the United States (Florida!), and completed her doctoral studies in African History in Oxford, UK. 


since 2021

University of Bayreuth

2018 - 2021

University of Basel

2016 - 2018

University of Basel

2016 - 2018

University of Basel

Summers 2009, 2010, 2011

Oxford University

Junior Research Group Leader

DFG-Cluster of Excellence – Africa Multiple – "Reconfiguring African Studies"

University of Bayreuth,


Lecturer – University of Basel, History Department

Marie Heim-Vögtlin Research Associate (Swiss National Science Foundation)

Postdoctoral Research & Teaching Fellow, History Department

Pre-Sessional Course Assistant, Oxford University Language Centre

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