Jessica Achberger

Jessica Achberger is currently the African Studies Librarian at Michigan State University, where she is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of History. She received her PhD in African History from the University of Texas Austin and a Masters in Library Science from Florida State University. Her PhD dissertation, which focused on bilateral relations between Zambia and the People’s Republic of China, is now being completed as expanded monograph entitled, Negotiating for Development: Zambian Economic Development in the Cold War. Prior to coming to MSU, she was a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of Research and Programmes at the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR), based in Lusaka, Zambia. Jessica was a visiting fellow at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, in 2013.

Her current research interests include endangered material preservation, digitization and digital libraries, and the interaction between archives and historical study.


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