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Raevin Jimenez

Postdoctoral Fellow via Chabraja Center for Historical Studies

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2017
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  African History

Thematic Field(s):  Gender and Sexuality History; African Diaspora and African American History

Principal Research Interest(s):  Africa before 1900, Women and Gender, Political Economy, Archaeology, Mobility


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.

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