James La Fleur

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
HIAF 1501: Introductory Seminar in African History
Credits: 3
Introduces the study of history intended for first- or second-year students. Seminars involve reading, discussing, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major in history.
HIAF 2001: Early African History
Credits: 4
Studies the history of African civilizations from the iron age through the era of the slave trade, ca. 1800. Emphasizes the search for the themes of social, political, economic, and intellectual history which present African civilizations on their own terms.
GSGS 2211: Environment, Health, and Development in Africa
Credits: 3
This course explores the changing relationships between people in Africa, their environments, and global neighbors since 1900. Issues covered include imperialism, conservation, the Green Revolution, HIV/AIDS, petroleum, Chinese investments, and recent viral epidemics. Course focus is on Africa, but issues are global and comparative, and learning therefore applicable to other places.
HIAF 3051: West African History
Credits: 3
History of West Africans in the wider context of the global past, from West Africans' first attempts to make a living in ancient environments through the slave trades (domestic, trans-Saharan, and Atlantic), colonial overrule by outsiders, political independence, and ever-increasing globalization.
HIAF 3112: African Environmental History
Credits: 3
This course explores how Africans changed their interactions with the physical environments they inhabited and how the landscapes they helped create in turn shaped human history. Topics covered include the ancient agricultural revolution, health and disease in the era of slave trading, colonial-era mining and commodity farming, 20th-century wildlife conservation, and the emergent challenges of land ownership, disease, and climate change.
HIST 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
In exceptional circumstances and with the permission of a faculty member any student may undertake a rigorous program of independent study designed to explore a subject not currently being taught or to expand upon regular offerings. Independent study projects may not be used to replace regularly scheduled classes. Enrollment is open to majors or non-majors.