Andrew Offenburger is a Ph.D. Candidate in U.S. history at Yale University.His dissertation investigates the relationship between capitalist development and cultural imperialism in the U.S.-Mexican borderlands between 1880 and 1940. Before entering the Ph.D. program, Offenburger completed a Master’s degree in African studies at Yale and wrote a thesis on an anti-colonial prophetic movement called the “Xhosa Cattle Killing” along South Africa’s Eastern Cape frontier in the 1850s.
Offenburger also leads the editorial board of a quarterly, academic journal, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies (www.tandfonline.com/rsaf). Offenburger founded the journal in 1999, and today it is published in print and online by Routledge. Before graduate school, Offenburger worked as a full-time editor for Safundi (2003-2005), as a systems administrator for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (2003), as Online Communications Director for Alexander’s Senate campaign (2002), as an editor for The Infography, published by Fields of Knowledge; and as a staff writer and researcher for Alexander’s Campaign for a New American Century (1998-1999). From 1999-2000, he wrote as a freelance writer while he and his college pal, Matt Norman, drove 39,000 miles around the United States on their project, “JourneyAmerica.” Offenburger graduated from Buena Vista University in 1998 with a B.A. in English and the Distributive Fine Arts.