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The Pennsylvania State University
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African history, African women's history, Uganda, militarism, political history, African feminism
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About Me

I am a feminist historian of Uganda with a specific interest in war, militarism, and state violence. I am the co-founder and co-director of the African Feminist Initiative, a transnational network of feminist scholars of Africa. I co-edit a book series for Ohio University on “War and Militarism in African History” and am on the editorial board of the Journal of African Military History.

Recent Publications

Books and Edited Volumes (Selected)

Decker, Alicia C., and Gabeba Baderoon, eds. “African Feminist Cartographies.” Special issue of Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalisms 17, no. 2 (2018): Forthcoming.

Decker, Alicia C., and Andrea L. Arrington. Africanizing Democracies: 1980-Present. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Decker, Alicia C. In Idi Amin’s Shadow: Women, Gender, and Militarism in Uganda. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2014.

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters (Selected)

Decker, Alicia C., and Gabeba Baderoon. “African Feminisms: Cartographies for the 21st Century.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalisms 17, no. 2 (2018): Forthcoming.

Decker, Alicia C. “What Does a Feminist Curiosity Bring to African Military History? An Analysis and an Intervention.” Journal of African Military History 1, no. 1 (2017): 93-111.

Decker, Alicia C., Summer Forester, and Eliot Blackburn. “Rethinking Everyday Militarism on Campus: Feminist Reflections on the Recent Violence at Purdue University.” Feminist Studies 42, no. 1 (2016): 204-226.

Decker, Alicia C. “An Accidental Liberation: Ugandan Women on the Frontlines of Idi Amin’s Economic War.” Women’s History Review 22, no. 6 (2013): 954-970.

Decker, Alicia C. “‘Sometime you may leave your husband in Karuma Falls or in the forest there’: A Gendered History of Disappearance in Idi Amin’s Uganda.” Journal of Eastern African Studies 7, no.1 (2013): 125-142.

Decker, Alicia C. and Mauricio Castro. “Teaching History with Comic Books: A Case Study of Violence, War and the Graphic Novel.” The History Teacher 45, no. 2 (2012): 169-187.

Decker, Alicia C. “Idi Amin’s Dirty War: Subversion, Sabotage and the Battle to Keep Uganda Clean, 1971-1979.” The International Journal of African Historical Studies 43, no. 3 (2010): 489-513.

Decker, Alicia C. “Pedagogies of Pain: Teaching ‘Women, War and Militarism.’” In Narrating War and Peace in Africa, edited by Toyin Falola and Hetty ter Haar, 79-97. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2010.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Military, Politics, Rebellion & Revolution, Sexuality, Sexual Violence, Women