Nancy J. Jacobs Professor of History

I am an historian of South Africa, of colonial Africa, of the environment, of animals, and of knowledge about the environment and animals.  My works seeks out workings of power in obscure corners, a dull South African dorp, in knowledge about birds, in everyday lives of Africans living under European rule. In once sense, I am an old-fashioned social historian: The workings of class, race, and gender have been central to all my research. I have tried to find fresh insights by looking at the environment, power/knowledge relationships, and micro politics. With my current project, a transnational history of African Grey Parrots, I add to my considerations differences of species.

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