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Office location: Harris L31

Director in Center

Jonathon Glassman is the fourth CCHS Director (after founder T.H. Breen and two-time director Sarah Maza, plus 2015-16 interim director Deborah Cohen).  A noted Africanist, Professor Glassman (PhD Wisconsin, 1988) specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century East African history and the comparative study of race and slavery.  His most recent book, War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar, traces the emergence of racial discourse and the ground-level processes by which it became transformed into popular violence.  It won the 2012 Martin Klein Prize from the American Historical Association.  Other awards have included fellowships from Guggenheim, Fulbright, the National Humanities Center, and the Social Science Research Council.  His first book, Feasts and Riot: Revelry, Rebellion, and Popular Consciousness on the Swahili Coast, won the African Studies Association’s Herskovits Prize. He is currently working on a comparative study of racial thought in African intellectual traditions.


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