Holger Droessler

Lecturer in History

Holger Droessler

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2019
Tuesday, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
And by appointment.

Pierce Hall 002



Ph.D., Harvard University


Holger Droessler is a historian of 19th- and 20th-century U.S. history, with a special focus on imperialism, capitalism and the Pacific. His book manuscript, Coconut Colonialism: Samoa and the Making of the Global South, argues that the globalization of Samoa at the turn of the 20th century was driven by the diverse group of people working on and off the islands. He has published on a variety of topics, including labor, Pacific history, environmental history and global hip-hop. His teaching ranges from modern U.S. history in global perspective to the history of capitalism and environmental history. In fall 2018, he will offer Citizenship in the U.S., 1776-1861 (HIST 265) and U.S. since 1877 (HIST 267).

Selected Publications

“Changes on the Plantation: An Environmental History of Colonial Samoa,” in Migrant Ecologies: Environmental Histories of the Pacific, edited by Edward Melillo and Ryan T. Jones (University of Hawai’i Press, forthcoming, 2019).

“Copra World: Coconuts, Plantations, and Cooperatives in German Samoa,” in Journal of Pacific History, special issue “Coconuts of the Pacific: Voices and Visions” (forthcoming, 2018).

“Colonialism by Deferral: Samoa Under the Tridominium, 1889-1899.“ In: Rethinking the Colonial State (Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 33), edited by Søren Rud and Søren Ivarsson, 203-224. Bingley, UK: Emerald, 2017.

“Germany’s El Dorado in the Pacific: Metropolitan Representations and Colonial Realities, 1884-1914.” In: Imperial Expectations and Realities: El Dorados, Utopias, and Dystopias, edited by Andrekos Varnava, 105-124. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2015.

“From A-Town to ATL: The Politics of Translation in Global Hip Hop Culture.” In: The Journal of Hip Hop Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Summer 2015): 100-116.

“Whose Pacific? U.S. Security Interests in American Samoa from the Age of Empire to the Pacific Pivot.” Pacific Asia Inquiry, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall 2013): 58-65.