2019 University of Texas Africa Conference Featured Speakers

"Military Identities in Africa"
by Timothy Stapleton, University of Calgary

stapleTimothy Stapleton is currently a Professor of History at University of Calgary, Canada. After completing his PhD in history from Dalhousie University, Professor Stapleton held teaching positions both in Canada and Africa. He has taught at Rhodes University and University of Fort Hare in South Africa, Trent University, and Center for Military, Security, and Strategic Studies in Canada. He also served as the Chair of the History Department at Trent University. Professor Stapleton has published widely on military history of Africa. His publications include Africa: War and Conflict in the Twentieth Century, Maqoma: The Legend of a Great Xhosa Warrior, Warfare and Tracking in Africa, 1952-1990, the two volume of A Military History of Africa, A Military History of South Africa: From the Dutch-Khoi Wars to the End of Apartheid, and Faku: Rulership and Colonialism in the Mpondo Kingdom, c.1780-1867. Professor Stapleton has also published numerous journal articles in International Journal of African Historical Studies, War and Society, The Journal of Military History, History in Africa, and Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies.

Banquet Speaker: "
Wrong Reasons to Care about African Issues"
by Moses Ochonu, Vanderbilt University

ochonuMoses Ochonu specializes in the modern history of Africa and currently he is the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. His research interest lies in Nigeria. He is the author of Colonial Meltdown: Northern Nigerian in the Great Depression, (Ohio University Press, 2009), Colonialism by Proxy: Hausa Imperial Agents and Middle Belt Consciousness in Nigeria, (Indiana University Press, 2014) and Africa in Fragments: Essays on Nigeria, Africa, and Global Africanity (New York: Diasporic Africa Press, 2014). Ochonu has published over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as several chapters in edited volumes. He is the editor of Entrepreneurship in African History (Indiana University Press, 2018). He is working on his fourth single-authored book titled Emirs in London: Nigerian Aristocrats, Metropolitan Travel, and Imperial Modernity. Ochonu’s research has been supported by grants from American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Historical Association, Franklin Roosevelt Institute, and the British Library. His op-eds and commentaries on various African issues have appeared in TIME magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Tennessean.com, History News Network, GlobalPost, Pambazuka, African Arguments, and several African newspapers and magazines.

Photo of Dr. Ochonu by Joe Howell.