East Africa; comparative race and slavery
Office: Harris Hall #316
Jonathon Glassman (PhD 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, won the Melville Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association. His next book, War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar, combines intellectual and social history by tracing the emergence of racial discourse in modern East Africa and the ground-level processes by which that discourse became transformed into popular violence. Glassman's awards have included a Guggenheim, two Fulbrights, two fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, and a membership at the Institute for Advanced Studies.
Professor Glassman is currently Associate Chair for the Department of History.