Sarah Van Beurden

Sarah Van Beurden

Sarah Van Beurden

Associate Professor of African and African American Studies


486G University Hall
230 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210

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  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., American Studies, Lehigh University
  • M.A., Modern History, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • B.A., Modern History, University of Leuven, Belgium


Sarah Van Beurden is a historian of modern Africa, with a special interest in the cultural history of colonial and postcolonial Central Africa. She is the author of Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture (Ohio University Press, 2015) as well as several articles and chapters on the history of Congo’s decolonization, African cultural heritage and museums, the role of cultural politics in development policies, and the reinvention of African ethnographic objects into art, among others. Her work has appeared in journals such as The Journal of African History, History and Anthropology, and African Arts.

Van Beurden has held fellowships at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas in Austin and Käte Hamburger Kolleg and Centre for Global Cooperation Research at University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). She is also affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

Faculty Links

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page 

Mershon Project

Congo Crafted: A Political History of Art Economy (2018-19)