Jeff Schauer

Assistant Professor of History
Expertise: British Empire in Africa, Wildlife Conservation, Decolonization


Jeff Schauer researches the history of the British empire in Africa, with a particular focus on wildlife conservation politics and the end of empire.  

His work on how wildlife conservation was shaped by colonialism, decolonization, and international institutions is based on extensive research and travel in Britain, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia, and is tentatively titled Imperial Ark: Wildlife Between Empire and Nation in Twentieth Century Africa. He is also beginning research on how Britain and Zambia negotiated decolonization with reference to the civil service and military.  

Schauer's research deals with broad questions about colonial rule in Africa, environmental politics, and decolonization.  

Schauer earned a doctorate in history from UC Berkeley, and a bachelors in history and anthropology from UC Irvine, with stints as a visiting researcher and student at Cambridge and King's College, London. He teaches survey classes on European and African history, and other courses on the British empire, 20th century Europe, global environmental history, colonialism, and apartheid South Africa.  


  • Ph.D., History, UC Berkeley
  • B.A., History and Anthropology, UC Irvine

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