Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
de Luna
Georgetown University
Website URL
Africa, Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Deep History, History of Emotions, STS, Archaeology, Historical Linguistics, Ethnography, Historical Methods
Additional Contact Information
on leave AY18-19

Personal Info

About Me

I am an historian of Africa specializing in the histories of eastern, central and southern Africa before the 20th century. I have conducted fieldwork among fifteen societies in five countries in eastern and south central Africa and regularly publish in the fields of history, linguistics, and archaeology.


I am currently researching two projects. The first combines linguistic and archaeological evidence with more familiar documentary archives to trace the politicization of pyrotechnologies, senses, emotions in central Africa over the last three millennia. The second involves a wider team of soil scientists, archaeologists, and ethnographers reconstructing the changing cultures of mobility across strategies climate shifts in central Africa over the last five millennia.


I am on leave in AY18-19 pursuing graduate training in archaeological sciences under the support of a Mellon New Directions Fellowship.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, Medieval, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Computational, Economic History, Environment, Family, Food History, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Museums, Politics, Rural & Agrarian History, Science, Sexuality, Slavery, Technology, Women