Angela Zimmerman studies revolutions, political thought, imperialism, and capitalism. Originally a historian of Germany and Europe, their geographical focus now also includes the United States and West Africa. Their teaching and research explore decolonizing approaches to history, including transnational archival research and the use of social and political theory.
Their recent research has focused on the global history of the U.S. Civil War, Reconstruction, and the New South. They are the author of Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South (Princeton, 2010) and the editor of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Civil War in the United States (International Publishers, 2016). They are currently writing a history of the Civil War as an international working-class revolution with roots in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. It will be called “A Very Dangerous Element.” Their first book, Anthropology and Antihumanism in Imperial Germany (Chicago, 2001), studied imperialism, science, and popular culture. Their scholarship has been supported by organizations including the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Professor Zimmerman has many more publications available to read on their website