Participant Info

First Name
Beth Ann
Last Name
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Website URL
African History, East Africa, Women and Gender, Church history, Education
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Personal Info

About Me

I am a graduate student at the University of Illinois. My research focuses on recent histories of community development, religious life, and changing gender roles in East Africa. I use oral histories collected in northern Tanzania and central Kenya to get at everyday meanings and negotiations with these communities. My current project focuses on the ways East African women in particular used mainline Protestant ideologies and church structures to navigate change demands on their labor, families, and gendered identities.

My next project is still developing, but will either explore post-independence education in Tanzania or East African women’s self-presentation in locally published auto-biographical books.

Recent Publications

“‘Call Us Ms.’: Viva and arguments for Kenyan women’s respectable citizenship 1975–80.” Women’s History Review, 2016, p. 1-19.

Globalization and Human Rights: what historians have to say.” History Matters 2017.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Tanzania and Kenya
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Religion, Women