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"It might be, and this is the tragic point of intersection between our lives and that of the land that produced us, that America in its ultimate sense was never anything but promise, the future, the hope of one day putting it all together—just like us—and that the reality has always been disappointment after that initial fairy-tale spring rain upon the green longings of its children."

— Seymour Krim



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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. Beyond his dissertation, Offenburger works as Program Coordinator for Yale's Program in Agrarian Studies, and he occasionally writes articles on topics related to his research for the Huffington Post.

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.

From 1999 to 2013, Offenburger founded, developed, and directed -- in collaboration with an international editorial board -- the quarterly academic journal Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies (www.tandfonline.com/rsaf), published by Routledge in print and online since 2007.

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.

He is originally from Johnston, Iowa, and his wife, María, comes from Corrientes, Argentina. They have two daughters, Lindsay and Casey, and live in New Haven.