Charles Tshimanga-Kashama

Associate Professor
Graduate Advisor
Ph.D., 1999, University of Paris


Lincoln Hall, 108
(775) 784-6567


Charles Tshimanga-Kashama joined the History Department as a post-doctoral fellow (2003-2005) and as an Assistant Professor of History in Fall 2005. He earned his MA and PhD in History from the University of Paris 7-Denis Diderot (France, 1999). The author, co-author and co-editor of four books, his research specialties include African Studies, Post-Colonial Studies and Diaspora Studies. His first book Youth, Education and Society in the Congo/Kinshasa, 1890-1960, published in Paris by L’Harmattan Editions (2001), outlines the way in which youths were at the heart of the Belgian plan to colonize the Congo. It explains how popular culture (i.e. sports, youth clubs, religious movements), was appropriated for disseminating Belgian/European values into the very heart of Congolese society. His current research focuses on the African Diaspora in France, Belgium, and the United States. He explores how, through popular music, leisure activities, youth associations, and religious movements, members of the African Diaspora are addressing/challenging the concept of identity in their host countries. Professor Tshimanga-Kashama teaches a variety of courses in African cultural history, pre-colonial and post-colonial Africa, and Diaspora Studies. In addition to his African History courses, he teaches Core Humanities 202 classes. Before coming to UNR, he taught in Paris at the University of Marne-la-Vallée and at the University of Paris 8. He also spent one year at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2002-2003).


  • Hist. 230: History of Africa I
  • Hist. 231: History of Africa II
  • Hist. 340: Modern African Diaspora & Popular Culture
  • Hist. 477/677 (Capstone): Culture & Society in Modern Africa
  • CH 202: The Modern World University