Bard Faculty

Holger Droessler

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Primary Academic Program: Historical Studies


M.A., Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University. Droessler’s teaching and research interests revolve around the global history of the 19th century, particularly U.S. and European imperialism in the Pacific. He is also interested in African American culture, especially hip-hop, the history of racism, and labor history. A College Fellow in U.S. History at Harvard, he also served as a lecturer in history at Tufts University, where he taught a course on the history of U.S. foreign relations. In his current book project, Islands of Labor: Community, Conflict, and Resistance in Colonial Samoa, 1889–1919, he draws on oral histories, court depositions, and maps to make the argument that workers in Samoa resisted Euro-American demands by transcending racial boundaries and creating new forms of community. His work has appeared in the Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism; Imperial Expectations and Realities: El Dorados, Utopias, and Dystopias; Journal of Hip-Hop Studies; Journal of Pacific History; Pacific Asia Inquiry; others. Additional fellowships and awards include the Certificate of Teaching Excellence and various research awards from Harvard University; Obama Dissertation Prize, Transnational American Studies Institute, Mainz; Doctoral Fellowship, German Historical Institute in Washington,D.C.; Bavarian American Academy Fellowship, Yale University; and Fulbright Scholarship, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Amherst College. At Bard: since 2016.