Andrew S. Denning

Andrew Denning
  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Museum Studies Program

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall 3639
Lawrence, KS 66045


Andrew Denning studies mobility in twentieth-century Europe and beyond. Using the tools of cultural, technological, and environmental history, he examines the movement of people, goods, ideas, and practices to reconstruct transnational and global relationships.

His new book, Automotive Empire: How Cars and Roads Fueled European Colonialism in Africa is forthcoming with Cornell University Press in 2024. It argues that European powers used road infrastructure and motor vehicles to develop a distinct form of "automotive empire" in Africa between 1895 and 1940. The study's transimperial approach draws connections among Belgian, British, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese colonies to show that the technological and infrastructural imperatives of motor vehicles and roads in Africa shaped colonial governance and social relations, as well as the culture of the automobile in Europe.

He is also co-editor, with Heidi J.S. Tworek (University of British Columbia), of The Interwar World (Routledge, 2024), which offers the first comprehensive, global treatment of the tempestuous interwar decades.

Dr. Denning has also published articles in a wide range of publications, including American Historical Review(see also here), The AtlanticEnvironmental History, Journal of Modern History (forthcoming)Technology & Cultureand Central European History

Selected Publications

Automotive Empire: How Cars and Roads Fueled European Colonialism in Africa (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2024).

Editor, with Heidi J.S. Tworek, The Interwar World (London: Routledge, 2024).

"Unscrambling Africa: From Eurafrican Technopolitics to the Fascist New Order," Journal of Modern History (forthcoming, 2023).

Mobilizing Empire: The Citroën Central Africa Expedition and the Interwar Civilizing Mission,”  Technology and Culture 61, no. 1 (Jan. 2020), 42-70.

Infrastructural Propaganda: The Visual Culture of Colonial Roads and the Domestication of Nature in Italian East Africa,” Environmental History 24, no. 2 (April 2019). 352-369.