Caroline Ritter is a historian of Modern Imperial Britain, with particular interests in decolonization, development, and media in Africa. She joined the Department of History in 2015 after receiving her Ph.D. in British History from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book, Imperial Encore: The Cultural Project of the Late British Empire (University of California Press, forthcoming), examines the history of British cultural relations in Africa during the twentieth century. The study is based on archival research in Britain, Kenya, Ghana, and the United States, and looks closely at the activities of well-known British institutions such as the BBC, the British Council, and private publishing firms in East and West Africa. The project demonstrates how decolonization profoundly shaped British cultural relations in a manner that continues to impact how Britain projects itself to the world today.
At Texas State, Dr. Ritter teaches courses in British, African, and World History. She encourages students with interests in the history of imperialism and colonialism, modern Britain, or sub-Saharan Africa to come and speak with her about their research interests.
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