Honorary Foreign Member Recipients
The Association established the Honorary Foreign Membership in 1886 to recognize historians working outside the United States, for their distinguished scholarship and assistance to American scholars working in their country.
2016 Honorary Foreign Member
Boubakar Barry, Univ. Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal
Boubakar Barry, professor emeritus of history at Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, has been a leader in the rise of African historical studies for over four decades. Under his vision and influence, the history department of UCAD has compiled a long record as one of the most prestigious in Africa, and his two best-known works are both now regarded as classics in West African history. The Kingdom of Waalo: Senegal before the Conquest (Paris, 1972; English translation, 2012) set the tone for subsequent works documenting African resistance to the slave trade by drawing on both written archives and oral traditions. Senegambia and the Atlantic Slave Trade (Paris, 1988; English translation, 1998) employed large-scale area analysis, linking territories now included in seven modern nations in a cross-regional history of political, religious, and commercial change. Barry has authored an additional 25 articles, edited eight works, and with support from UNESCO, directed a set of 13 volumes on regional integration in West Africa. He continues to champion the African educational system and allow use of his personal collection of research material. Because of his exceptional global reputation, and his dedication to advancing African democracy and unity, Barry can rightfully be regarded as both a historian and a humanitarian.