Kirk Arden Hoppe

Associate Professor of History


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Kirk Arden Hoppe teaches and conducts research in the fields of Modern African History and Modern World History. He is particularly interested in environmental history, gender history, colonialism, and world systems. His first book, Lords of the Fly (Praeger, 2003), examines the history of British sleeping sickness control in colonial Tanzania and Uganda as social and environmental engineering.

He is currently working on a synthetic world history of food, tracking the histories of the component parts of the Happy Meal. He is also involved in a research project examining the history of the global marketing of African wildlife in zoos, amusement parks, safari parks, and films, and the impacts of this commodification and exportation of nature on local African people.