Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sean Wempe to the School of Arts & Humanities, History Department. We asked Dr. Wempe to tell us about himself and his specializations and he wrote the following:
Dr. Sean A. Wempe is the new Assistant Professor of Modern European History here at
CSU-Bakersfield. After completing his Bachelors Degrees in History and German Language at Missouri State University, Wempe went on to get his Masters and Doctorate in History from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Wempe’s appointment at CSUB fulfills a dream of his. His mother, Kelly Wempe, attended Avila University in Kansas City, and was like many of our students here at CSUB a first generation student who juggled multiple responsibilities to gain a college education. She went on to become an instructor and her example inspired her son to pursue higher education and become an educator too.
Wempe’s ongoing research interests include imperialism, internationalism, Germany, East Africa, and the history of Public Health. He has published two articles on the topic of German imperial interests and ambitions in the 1920s and his first book, Revenants of the German Empire: Colonial Germans, the League of Nations, and the Redefinition of Imperialism, 1919-1933, is in production and is scheduled for a 2019 release with Oxford University Press. This first book is framed by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, the formation of the League of Nations Mandates System, the 1925 Locarno Conference, and the Manchurian Crisis of the early 1930s. It explores how German men and women from Germany’s former African colonies exploited transnational opportunities to recover, renovate and market their understandings of European colonial aims in order to reestablish themselves as “experts” and “fellow civilizers” in European and American discourses on citizenship, nationalism, and imperialism. His second book, A Global History of Public Health and Inequality, will be a textbook, pre-contracted with Oxford and scheduled for a 2019 completion and a 2020 release."