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Bridgewater State University
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South Africa (19th and 20th century), gender, politics, education, colonialism, apartheid, anti-apartheid movement
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About Me

Meghan Healy-Clancy is Associate Professor of History and African Studies Program Coordinator at Bridgewater State University, and Non-Resident Fellow at the Du Bois Institute at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University. Her research explores the social and intellectual history of activist women in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Africa.

Recent Publications


A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education (Reconsiderations in Southern African History Series, University of Virginia Press, 2014; University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2013).

Ekhaya: The Politics of Home in KwaZulu-Natal (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2013). Co-edited with Jason Hickel.

Selected Articles:

“Women and Popular Politics in 20th Century South Africa,” in Oxford Handbook of South African History, ed. by Daniel Magaziner (Oxford University Press, 2020).

“The Family Politics of the Federation of South African Women: A History of Public Motherhood in Women’s Antiracist Activism,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 42, no. 4 (Summer 2017): 843-866. Winner of the Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship.

“Women and the Problem of Family in Early African Nationalist History and Historiography” (2012), reprinted in The ANC and the Liberation Struggle in South Africa: Essential Writings, ed. Thula Simpson (Routledge, 2017), 33-54.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
South Africa
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Family, Gender, Pedagogy, Politics, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Sexuality, Women