Jan Jansen studied Anthropology and Medieval History at Utrecht University. He obtained his PhD from Leiden University in 1995 with a critical analysis of the oral sources for the Mali Empire. A French edition of his thesis was published in 2001 as Épopée-Histoire-Société – Le cas de Soundjata (Mali-Guinée). From 1996 to 1998 he was a Postdoc at Leiden University, and from 1999 to 2004 a Research Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), based at Leiden. As of 2004 he is a Lecturer, and since 2010 he is the Managing Editor of History in Africa – A Journal of Method.
Mail: Jan Jansen