Dr. Steffan Spencer


Professional title

Assistant Professor


Dr. Steffan A. Spencer is Assistant Professor of African History, and researches the classical Ethiopian language of Ge’ez.  He received his MA and PhD degrees with distinction from Howard University in African History, and his BA from Northwestern University in Philosophy and Religion.  He formerly taught as a lecturer of both African and African-American Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and as an instructor at Howard University and Bowie State University.

Dr. Spencer conducted his doctoral field work in Ethiopia with the support of a Fulbright Scholarship in order to complete his dissertation entitled, The Eighteenth Century Ge’ez (Classical Ethiopic) Manuscript: A Trinitarian Theological Treatise from the Monastic Order of Daqiqa Estifanos (The Children of Stephen).  His dissertation is currently being revised into a book manuscript.

Courses Offered:

HIST 2515: Precolonial Africa

HIST 3615: Modern Africa