Myles Osborne

Myles Osborne

Biography

Associate Professor of African History at the University of Colorado Boulder
The World of Mau Mau: Pan-Africanism and Rural Society in the Caribbean
Hutchins Fellow
Academic Year 2017-18

 
 
 

Myles Osborne is Associate Professor of African History at the University of Colorado Boulder. A native of the United Kingdom, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2008, and did his undergraduate work at Columbia and Oxford. Myles conducts his research on ethnicities in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the complexities of colonialism, pan-Africanism, and the Mau Mau war. He is the author of Ethnicity and Empire in Kenya: Loyalty and Martial Race among the Kamba, c. 1800 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2014), a finalist for the African Studies Association’s Ogot Prize, Africans and Britons in the Age of Empires (with Susan Kent, Routledge, 2015), and editor of The Life and Times of General China: Mau Mau and the End of Empire in Kenya (Markus Wiener, 2015). His work has been funded by agencies including the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Philosophical Society.

Myles lives in the front range of the Rocky Mountains with his wife Jessica and giant rescue dogs Dublin and Brisbane.

Project Description

The World of Mau Mau: Pan-Africanism and Rural Society in the Caribbean

Myles’s project investigates the connections between Africa and the Caribbean during the mid-twentieth century. Based on oral fieldwork in Kenya, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Grenada, his book-in-progress opens by centering the Mau Mau war in the Caribbean, and exploring the global resonances of the conflict. It then moves beyond Mau Mau to explore broader links between Africa and the Caribbean, with a particular emphasis on Black Power. One of the major aims of the project is to explore the pan-African visions of those “have-nots” who are so often underrepresented in our thinking on Pan-Africanism.


Academic Year 2017-18: Hutchins Fellow


 

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