In Memory of
Richard A. Bradshaw (1950-2014)

Former Professor of History
Centre College
Danville, Kentucky, USA


Richard Bradshaw was assistant professor of history at Centre College, where he has taught since 1995. Bradshaw taught world history as well as African, Asian and Latin American history. A member of the international relations faculty, his specialties included the history, languages, and ethnobotanical traditions of the Central African Republic, African-Japanese relations, and the history of military labor markets.

Born and raised in Japan, Bradshaw served with the Peace Corps in the Central African Republic and the Ivory Coast. He spent two years in Japan as a Fulbright scholar in 1987-88 and a year as a Fulbright scholar teaching at Cameroon’s graduate school for international relations in 2005-2006. His publications include edited books (Flore Centrafricaine and Historical Dictionary of the Central African Republic, published posthumously in 2016), journal articles (Black Studies (Kyoto), Biotropica, Swords and Ploughshares), book chapters in Rediscovering the British Empire, Modern Systemics in African Botany, and Kokujin Kenkyu no Sekai [The World of Black Studies]), articles in reference works (Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern World History, Encyclopedia of African History, Encyclopedia or Urban Cultures, Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Africa, Africa South of the Sahara, Wikipedia), book reviews (International Journal of African Historical Studies, H-Africa), newspaper articles (The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Yomirui [Tokyo]), and online resources (A Bibliographic Reference Encyclopedia of the Central African Republic, etc.) Bradshaw served as the director of Centre's program in Merida, Mexico in 1999 and as the director of Centre's program in Strasbourg, France in 2002-2003. He also led travel-study programs to the Central African Republic in 1998 and 2000.

Bradshaw held a B.A. from Hawaii Pacific University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio University.

His two primary areas of interest were the Central African Republic and the history of Japanese-African relations.

The Bradshaw's Archives contain:
- BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCE WORK FOR THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
- SUMA DICTIONARY
- PLANTS DATABASE

The Bradshaw's Archives were a work in progress but will not longer be improved.

Webmaster: Juan Fandos-Rius - August, 2006
(UPDATED: September 3, 2016)