Five College African Studies Program

David Newbury

Gwendolen Carter Professor of African Studies

Department of History
Smith College

Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor
African Studies Review Book Review co-Editor
Chair, Five College African Studies Council.

Office: 416 Seelye Hall
Telephone: (413) 585-3723

Degree: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (1979).

Research Interests: These explore a range of issues focusing on the social history of Central and East Africa, from precolonial times to the multiple crises of the 1990s.

Courses include: Regular courses on East, Central and West African History; Decolonization in Africa; courses on Environmental History (both of Africa and elsewhere), Biography and History in Africa; Five College African Studies Capstone Course (Spring 08), among others.

Publications: Vers le Passé du Zaire: Méthodes Historiques; Kings and Clans: A Social History of the Lake Kivu Rift Valley; African Historiographies: What History for Which Africa? (co-editor with Bogumil Jewsiewicki); The Land Beyond the Mists: Essays on Identity and Authority in Precolonial Congo and Rwanda, Defeat is the Only Bad News: Rwanda under Musinga, 1896-1931 (by Alison Des Forges; edited, with an introduction and epilogue by D. Newbury), plus several other edited books and many articles on history, historiography, and the current crises of Central Africa.

Geographic focus: Central Africa: Congo, Rwanda, Burundi