Raevin Jimenez Postdoctoral Fellow via Chabraja Center for Historical Studies

Raevin Jimenez (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2017) is a historian of pre-colonial southern Africa. Her current work considers the ways in which peripheral, agrarian communities mediated their engagement with proto-global networks of exchange through gendered and generational household political traditions. She traces competing ideologies regarding the biosocial reproduction of young men in rites of passage, and the exploitation of young people as a source of labor, defense and political allegiance over a 1300-year period of political economic transformation and centralization in what is now South Africa. In the Winter, Jimenez will offer a seminar on Women and Gender in African History, and in the Spring will teach a Freshman seminar on myths, lies and stereotypes about Africa.