- First Name
- Beth Ann
- Last Name
- United States
- IL Illinois
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Website URL
- African History, East Africa, Women and Gender, Church history, Education
- Media Contact
- Additional Contact Information
- 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