East Africa; comparative race and slavery
Office: Harris Hall #316
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, won the African Studies Association’s Melville Herskovits Prize. (You can download a copy of Feasts and Riot here.) His most recent book, War of Words, War of Stones: Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar (Indiana University Press), 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. It was awarded the 2012 Martin A. Klein Prize from the American Historical Association. 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.
War of Words, War of Stones:
Racial Thought and Violence in Colonial Zanzibar