Areas of Expertise
History of Modern India
History of Science and Medicine
History of Imperialism
Imperial Medicine, Science, and Hygiene
Ph.D. 2011: University of California, Davis
American Society for Environmental History
African Studies Association
Tanzania Studies Association
Urban History Association
Publications & Presentations
- â€œâ€™A Pleasant and Tidy Arrangement:â€™ Housing Development and Economies of Segregation in Mtwara Tanganyika, 1949-1954,â€ The Journal of Urban History, January 26, 2017 (first published online: DOI: 10.1177/0096144216688898)
- â€œCattle Dip and Shark Liver Oil in a Techno-Chemical Colonial State: The Poisoning at Malangali School, Tanzania 1934,â€ The Journal of African History, Vol. 57, No. 3 (2016): 437-463.
- â€œCommodifying Water in Coastal Tanzania: Natural Resource Management and Social Relations, 1926-1937,â€ African Studies Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 2, (2016): 1-25.
- â€œAsha binti Awadhâ€™s Awqaf: Muslim Endurance Despite Colonial Law in Mikindani, Tanganyika,â€ International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 47, No. 1 (2014): 1-20.
- October 13-16, 2016: Urban History Association, Chicago IL, â€œUrban Africa: Landscapes of Knowledge and Power."
- March 18-20, 2015: American Society for Environmental History, Washington DC, â€œCommodifying Water in Coastal Tanzania: Poverty, Social Relations, and Natural Resources, 1930-37.â€
- October 10, 2014: Urban History Association, Philadelphia, PA, â€œMtwara, From Sisal to Port City: Urban Development, Protest, and Environmental Change in Tanzania, 1950-1954.â€
- March 11-14, 2014: American Society for Environmental History, San Francisco, CA, â€œGraduate Student Writing Workshop."
- February 1-2, 2014: Florida Conference of Historians, St. Augustine, FL,â€œCrying Out in His Name: Redemptive Justice in South Africaâ€™s Truth and Reconciliation Commissionâ€.
- November 2013: African Studies Association, Baltimore, MD, â€œMtwara: Planned for an Empire, Reshaped by Tanganyikans, 1950-1960â€
â€¢ April 3-6, 2013: American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), Toronto, ONT, Canada, â€œCattle Dip, Shark Oil, and the Cult of Science: Acute Arsenic Poisoning at Malangali School, Tanzania, 1934â€
â€¢ March 1-2, 2013: Florida Conference of Historians, Sarasota, FL, Chair/Discussant, â€œPower, Identity, and Social Change: A World Historical Perspective.â€
â€¢ March 28-31, 2012: American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), Madison, WI; â€œFarm and Fly: village concentrations in southeastern Tanganyika, 1933-1945â€
â€¢ November 21, 2010: African Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA; â€œMosques and Roads: South Asians and Contested Space in Mikindani Tanganyika, 1930-1935.â€
â€¢ January 9, 2010: American Historical Association Conference, San Diego, CA; â€œConsuming Development in Coastal Tanzania: Space, Commodification, and the Indian Ocean Littoral in Mikindani, Tanzania.â€
â€¢ September 24-26, 2008: University of California, Santa Barbara â€“ Subaltern and Popular Culture Multi-Campus Research Group; â€œA Tale of Two Cities: Mtwara & Mikindani, Tanzania 1948-1990.â€
â€¢ November 14-17, 2006: African Studies Association, San Francisco, CA; â€œâ€™If I count them today, then tomorrow some may die:â€™ Early-Childhood and Infant Mortality and the State in Late Colonial Tanganyika, 1949-1955.â€
â€¢ February 19, 2006: University of California, Irvine â€“ World History Multi-Campus Research Group Conferenceâ€”Gender in/and World History: â€œLady Twiningâ€™s Burden: Child Health, Hygiene and Nutrition in Tanganyika, 1949-1965.â€
â€¢ Tamara Giles-Vernick & James L.A. Webb Jr. eds., Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2013. 246 pp. Reviewed by Chau Johnsen Kelly in Journal of Retracing Africa, (Forthcoming).
â€¢ Robert B. Munson. The Nature of Christianity in Northern Tanzania: Environmental and Social Change, 1890-1916. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2013. 379 pp. Reviewed by Chau Johnsen Kelly in Environmental History, 19 (October, 2014), 777-779
â€¢ Eric Allina. Slavery by Any Other Name: African Life under Company Rule in Colonial Mozambique. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011. 255pp. Reviewed by Chau J. Kelly, â€œPoverty of Empire and Forced Labor,â€ H-Net Reviews for H-Empire, (May 2014).
â€¢ Catherine Higgs. 2012. Chocolate Islands: cocoa, slavery, and colonial Africa. Athens: Ohio University Press. 230p. Reviewed by Chau Johnsen Kelly in African Studies Quarterly, Vol. 14, No. 1-2 (Nov. 2013).
Invited Lectures and Papers:
- â€œForgotten and Invisible: Poison, Medicine, and Scientific Development at Malangali,â€ UNF International Studies Lecture Series, January 27, 2017.
- â€œFrom Sisal to Port City: Urban Development and Crisis in Mtwara, 1950-1954,â€ at University of Florida, African Studies Baraza Series, April 11, 2014.
- â€œChina in Africa: History and Legacies of Development,â€ at UNF Great Decisions, April 9, 2014.
- â€œCattle Dip, Shark Oil, and the Cult of Science,â€ UNF Past to Present Seminar, November 14, 2013.
- â€œNigeria, Biafra, and the Resource Curse,â€ UNF Environmental Center, film series, Sweet Crude, March 5, 2012.