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University of California, Davis
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Africa, history, gender, sexuality, childhood, youth, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, development, education, women, oral history, British, imperialism, colonialism
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About Me

Corrie Decker specializes in the history of gender, childhood, sexuality, and development in East Africa. Her book, Mobilizing Zanzibari Women: The Struggle for Respectability and Self-Reliance in Colonial East Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), is a history of Muslim girls’ education and women’s professionalization in colonial Zanzibar. Decker is finishing a book on the history of development in Africa with co-author Elisabeth McMahon,. Her current research investigates the history of childhood, maturation, and sexuality in twentieth-century eastern Africa.

Recent Publications


  • Decker, C. (forthcoming, 2018) “‘Town Boys’ and ‘Child Absentees’: In Search of Juvenile Delinquency in Colonial Zanzibar, East Africa,” in William Bush and David Tanenhaus (Eds.), Ages of Anxiety: Historical and Transnational Perspectives on Juvenile Justice (NYU Press)
  • Decker, C. (2015) “Schoolgirls and women teachers: Colonial education and the shifting boundaries between girls and women in Zanzibar,” in Erin Stiles and Katrina Daly Thompson (Eds.), Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean: Islam, Marriage, and Sexuality on the Swahili Coast  (Ohio University Press)
  • Decker, C. (2015) “The elusive power of colonial prey: Sexualizing the schoolgirl in the Zanzibar Protectorate,” Africa Today Vol. 61, no. 4, Special Issue on Love & Sex in Islamic Africa, edited by Elisabeth McMahon and Corrie Decker


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
Expertise by Geography
Africa, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Colonialism, Family, Gender, Sexuality, Women