Charles Didier Gondola Ph.D.

Chair of History Department, Indiana Univeristy (IUPUI)

Charles Didier Gondola is Chair of the History Department and Professor of African History and Africana Studies at Indiana University in Indianapolis.  He earned a Ph.D. in African History from the Université Paris 7. His publications include numerous books, articles and chapters on popular cultures (music, fashion, gambling, and memory), gender and postcolonial issues in Central Africa and the African diaspora in France.  His most recent book, Africanisme: La crise d’une illusion (Paris: L’Harmattan 2007), explores the connections between African studies in France and French policies in Africa.  In 2002, he published The History of Congo(Greenwood Press). He is also the co-editor of Frenchness and the African Diaspora: Identity and Uprising in Contemporary France (Indiana University Press 2009). He has received numerous grants and awards, including a US Department of State Fulbright scholar to carry out both research and teaching activities at the Université de Kinshasa and a EURIAS fellowship to spend a year at the Institut des Etudes Avancées in Nantes.

          Professor Gondola is currently working on an ambitious collaborative project that focuses on the emergence of HIVs in colonial Africa.  The project brings together a team of virologists, epidemiologists, demographers, historians, and anthropologists based in the US, Europe and Africa.  Finally, he is preparing a biography of André Matswa Grenard, a political activist and charismatic visionary who campaigned for emancipation in France and the French Congo during the 1930s. A staunch advocate for African Renaissance, he is the CEO and President of Phénix Consulting Group, which vision if to discover Africa’s humanity, activate Africa’s creativity, and reveal Africa’s beauty.