Jonathon Glassman Professor

Jonathon Glassman (Ph.D., Wisconsin, 1988) specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century East Africa and in comparative race and slavery. His first book, Feasts and Riot: Revelry, Rebellion, and Popular Consciousness on the Swahili Coast, 1856-1888, was awarded the African Studies Association’s Melville Herskovits Prize. 

His most recent book, War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar, traces the emergence of racial discourse in modern East Africa and the ground-level processes by which that discourse became transformed into popular violence. It won the 2012 Martin A. Klein Prize from the American Historical Association and was shortlisted for the Herskovits Prize.  Jonathon’s other awards have included a Guggenheim, two Fulbrights, two Social Science Research Council fellowships, a membership in the Institute for Advanced Studies, and a fellowship from the National Humanities Center.

Feasts and RiotWar of Words War of Stones