Dr. Geoffroy de Laforcade
Dr. Geoffroy de Laforcade
Professor of History

Dr. de Laforcade, a dual citizen of the United States and France, began his career as an international journalist specializing in arts and culture in France, West Africa and the Caribbean, and as an administrator of the European Network on the History of National Identities, Racism and Migration (HINARME) in Paris. He received his B.A. from Tufts University and his Ph.D. from Yale University. In the fall of 2008 he came to Norfolk State University from Wesleyan University’s Center for the Americas, as an Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History. He was tenured in 2012 and promoted to Full Professor in 2016.

Since joining NSU he has organized dozens of international conferences, symposia and lectures, edited three books, published several book chapters and journal articles, and presented over sixty conference papers at national and international gatherings. He has been invited as a keynote speaker to the Global Education Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a Senior Fellow to the University of Pennsylvania, as a guest professor to Bayreuth University in Bavaria, Germany, as an internationalization expert to the First Congress on International Education in Cuba, and to various U.S. universities as a featured guest speaker. Dr. de Laforcade developed and led fifteen study abroad programs in eleven countries, including interdisciplinary and service-learning courses in Cuba, and served from 2012 to 2016 as the Director of International Studies at Norfolk State. He is a Senior Fellow of the NSU Honors College and founder of the Globetrotters Learning Community, as well as advisor to a men’s student organization. In 2015-2016 he was NSU’s Director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. He has served as a member of the Diversity Abroad MSI Global Summit Planning Committee, Vice-President and Coordinator of International Programs and Partnerships for the Samaná College Research Center in the Dominican Republic, Associate Director of the University Network of South Africa, and is a member of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) committee on the study of African-descended peoples the Americas. Dr. de Laforcade also represents the Cuban Red Barrial Afrodescendiente (Afro-Descended Neighborhood Network or RBA) and the Cuban mural artist Salvador González Escalona internationally.

His publications include "In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History," edited with Kirwin Shaffer (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2015), winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award; "The How and Why of World History," (Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt, 2011/2012); "Transculturality and Perceptions of the Immigrant Other," edited with Cathy Covell Waegner and Page R. Laws (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2011); and the "International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest" (New York: Blackwell, 2008-2011), by Immanuel Ness, for which he served as an Associate Editor.


Office Hours Fall 2017:

  • Tuesday 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. & 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. & 4:30-6:30 p.m.