• Kyle Prochnow

Kyle Prochnow

Kyle Prochnow specializes in the history of Africa and the Atlantic world, with a focus on colonialism, warfare, tropical disease, and slavery and abolition. He is currently working on a book manuscript, Britain’s Black Battalions: African Soldiers, War, and Empire in the British Atlantic Tropics, that reconstructs the lives and military labor of Black soldiers conscripted for lifetime service in Great Britain’s trans-Atlantic West India Regiments. The project intertwines histories of slavery and abolition, race, disease, and war to present a different kind of story of the imperial Atlantic as explored through the experiences of Black rank-and-file solders. At Ursinus College, he teaches courses in world history, African history, British imperial history, and the history of disease and medicine.




B.A., Saint Mary’s College of California

M.A., Boston College

Ph.D., York University


African history

Atlantic history

Empires and colonialism

History of disease and medicine

Research Interests

African soldiers

Race and colonial recruitment

Tropical disease and medicine

British empire

Slavery and abolition

Recent Work

“‘Saving an extraordinary expense to the nation’: African recruitment for the West India Regiments in the British Atlantic world,” Atlantic Studies 18.2 (2021): 149-171.


“‘Perpetual expatriation’: Forced Migration and Liberated African Apprenticeship in the Gambia,” in Liberated Africans and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807-1896, ed. Richard Anderson and Henry B. Lovejoy (Rochester: Boydell & Brewer, 2020), 347-364.