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Pier M. Larson
Acting Vice Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences
A professor in the Department of History, Pier Larson is an historian of Africa with teaching specializations in east and southern Africa, France's African and Indian Ocean empires, and slavery and the slave trades. His specific research and publishing concentrations are Madagascar and the western Indian Ocean islands with an emphasis on social, cultural, and intellectual history in the early modern period.
Dr. Larson received his doctoral degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and began teaching at Johns Hopkins in 1998. He is the author of numerous books, journal articles, chapters, and other publications. One of his recent books, Ocean of Letters: Language and Creolization in an Indian Ocean Diaspora, received the 2010 Wesley-Logan Book Prize in African Diaspora History from the American Historical Association. He is currently working on two books about Madagascar.