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Curriculum Vitae

MICHAEL O. WEST


EDUCATION

B.A., Politics, Lake Forest College, 1982

A.M., History, Harvard University, 1983

Ph.D., History, Harvard University, 1990

CURRENT POSITION

Professor, Binghamton University


PUBLICATIONS



Books

Out of One, Many Africas: Reconstructing the Study and Meaning of Africa (edited with William G. Martin), University of Illinois Press, 1999.
The Rise of an African Middle Class: Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890-1965 (authored), Indiana University Press, 2002.
From Toussaint to Tupac: The Black International Since the Age of Revolution (edited with William Martin and Fanon Che Wilkins), University of North Carolina Press, 2009.


Journal Articles

“Indian Politics in South Africa: 1860 to Present,” South Asia Bulletin, 7, 1 & 2 (1987): 97-111.


“The Tuskegee Model of Development in Africa: Another Dimension of the African/African-American Connection” Diplomatic History, 16, 3 (1992): 371-387.
“Ndabaningi Sithole, Garfield Todd and the Dadaya School Strike of 1947,” Journal of Southern African Studies, 18, 2 (1992): 297-316.
“‘Equal Rights for all Civilized Men’: Elite Africans and the Quest for ‘European’ Liquor in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1924-1961,” International Review of Social History, 37 (1992): 376-397.
“Pan-Africanism, Capitalism and Racial Uplift: The Rhetoric of African Business Formation in Colonial Zimbabwe,” African Affairs, 92 (1993): 263-283.
“Nationalism, Race and Gender: The Politics of Family Planning in Zimbabwe, 1957-1990,” Social History of Medicine, 7, 3 (1994): 447-471.
“Indians, India and Race and Nationalism in British Central Africa,” South Asia Bulletin: Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 14, 2 (1994): 86-103.
“In Search of Ethiopianism: An Historical Investigator’s Personal Odyssey in Zimbabwe,” Journal of African Travel-Writing, 1 (1996): 52-63.
“Crossing Boundaries: Research Notes on South Asians and Africans in Africa, the Americas and Europe,” Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 16, 2 (1996): 48-52.
“Liquor and Libido: ‘Joint Drinking’ and the Politics of Sexual Control in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1920s-1950s,” Journal of Social History, 30, 3 (1997): 645-667.
With William G. Martin, “A Future with a Past: Resurrecting the Study of Africa in the Post-Africanist Era,” Africa Today, 44, 3 (1997): 309-326.
* With William G. Martin, “Return to Sender: No Such Person in the House, A Reply to Christopher C. Lowe’s Article ‘Resurrection How’?” Africa Today, 45, 1 (1998): 63-69.
“Like A River: The Million Man March and the Black Nationalist Tradition in the United States,” Journal of Historical Sociology, 12, 1 (1999): 81-100.
“Going to America: The Odyssey of Stephen Sithole, an African Evangelical Christian, 1938-53,” Journal of African Travel-Writing, 8/9 (2001); 136-150.
“Seeds are Sown: The Garvey Movement in Zimbabwe in the Interwar Years,” International Journal of African Historical Studies, 35, 2-3 (2003): 335-362.
“Global Africa: The Emergence and Evolution of an Idea,” Review, 28, 1 (2005): 85-108.
“Walter Rodney and Black Power: Jamaican Intelligence and US Diplomacy,” African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies [online], 1, 2 (2006): 1-50.
“The Struggle for Zimbabwe, “Then and Now: Notes Toward A Deep History of the Current Crisis,” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, 8, 2(2007): 139-147.
Seeing Darkly: Guyana, Black Power, and Walter Rodney’s Expulsion from Jamaica,” Small Axe, 25 [corresponds to 12, 1] (2008): 93-104.
“Little Rock as America: Hoyt Fuller, Europe, and the Little Rock Racial Crisis of 1957,” Journal of Southern History (forthcoming 2012).

Chapters in Edited Books

“‘Waiting for Derek’: The Divestment Struggle.” In How Harvard Rules: Reason in the Service of Empire, edited by John Trumpbour. Boston: South End Press, 1989: 399-410.


With William G. Martin, “Introduction: The Rival Africas and Paradigms of Africanists and Africans at Home and Abroad.” In Out of One, Many Africas: Reconstructing the Study and Meaning of Africa, edited by William Martin and Michael O. West. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999: 1-36.
With William G. Martin, “The Ascent, Triumph and Disintegration of the Africanist Enterprise, USA.” In Out of One, Many Africas: Reconstructing the Study and Meaning of Africa, edited by William G. Martin and Michael O. West. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999: 85-122.
“Franchise or Nothing: Zimbabwean Black Elite Responses to Imperial Ideologies of Democracy.” In The Historical Dimensions of Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe, Volume One: Pre-Colonial and Colonial Legacies, edited by Ngwabi Bhebe and Terence Ranger. Harare: University of Zimbabwe Publications, 2001: 84-98.
“Ethiopianism and Colonialism: The African Orthodox Church in Zimbabwe, 1928-1934.” In Christian Missionaries and the State in the Third World, edited by Holger Bernt Hansen and Michael Twaddle. Oxford: James Currey and Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002: 237-254.
** “An Anticolonial International? Indians, India and Africans in British Central Africa.” In Antinomies of Modernity: Essays on Race, Orient, Nation, edited by Vasant Kaiwar and Sucheta Mazumdar. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003: 146-179.
With William G. Martin, “Contours of the Black International: From Toussaint to Tupac.” In From Toussaint to Tupac: The Black International since the Age of Revolution, edited by Michael O. West, William G. Martin, and Fanon Che Wilkins. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009: 1-44.
With William G. Martin, “Haiti, I’m Sorry: The Haitian Revolution and the Forging of the Black International.” In From Toussaint to Tupac: The Black International since the Age of Revolution, edited by Michael O. West, William G. Martin, and Fanon Che Wilkins. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009: 72-104.
“The African Middle Class in Zimbabwe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.” In The Making of the Middle Class: Toward a Transnational History, edited by A. Ricardo Lopez and Barbara Weinstein. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012: 45-57.
“Whose Black Power?: The Business of Black Power and Black Power’s Business.” In The Business of Black Power, edited by Laura Warren Hill and Julia Rabig. Rochester: Rochester University Press (forthcoming).


Essays, Reports, and Opinion Pieces

With Sandra Jackson-Opoku, “A Guadeloupian Odyssey,” Being Single (Mar/April 1993): 30-31.


With Sandra Jackson-Opoku, “Love Potions,” Caribbean Travel and Life (Jan/Feb 1994): 38 & 41.
With Sandra Jackson-Opoku, “From Homeland to Township: Rap Music and the South African Choral Tradition,” The World & I (April 1994): 228-241.
With William G. Martin, “The Decline of the Africanists’ Africa and the Rise of New Africas,” Issue: A Journal of Opinion, 23, 1 (1995): 24-26.
“Summary Report of Ghettoizing African Studies?: The Question of Representation in the Study of Africa,” ACAS Bulletin, No. 46 (1996): 23-29.
“James Aggrey’s Impact on Southern Africans,” Southern African Encounter, 3, 1 (1996): 20-23.
“The Study of Global Africa and the Descent of the Africanist Curtain,” Africa Update [newsletter of the African Studies Program, Central Connecticut State University], 5, 3 (1998): 7-9.
“Whither Shall We Go?: African and African American Studies for the 21st Century,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 18, 2 (1998): 134-137.
“Comments for Panel on ‘Mobilizing New Constituency,’ African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Oct 28 - Nov 1, 1998,” The Black Scholar, 29, 1 (1999): 34-36.
“Comments on Tiffany Patterson and Robin Kelley’s ‘Unfinished Migrations: Reflections on the African Diaspora and the Making of the Modern World’,” African Studies Review, 43, 1 (2000): 61-64.
“US Intelligence and Jamaican Police: Targeting Walter Rodney,” Against the Current, 20, 6 (2006): 30-33.

Working Papers

“Ideology in Africa: Nkrumah and Cabral.” In Proceedings of the First Annual W. E. B. DuBois Graduate Colloquium, Spring 1984, edited by Margaret E. Corey and Bryan R. Washington. Harvard University: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1985: 15-35.


“The Rise and Fall of African Nationalism.” In Proceedings of the Second Annual W. E. B. DuBois Graduate Colloquium, Spring 1985, edited by Bryan R. Washington. Harvard University: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1985: 55-63.

Book Reviews

Walter Rodney, A History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881-1905, in South Asia Bulletin, 3, 1 (1983): 70-78.


Jonathan Crush and Charles Ambler, eds., Liquor and Labor in Southern Africa, in International Review of Social History, 39 (1994): 108-111.
Carol Summers, From Civilization to Segregation: Social Ideals and Social Control in Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1934 and Sybille Küster, Neither Cultural Imperialism nor Precious Gift of Civilization: African Education in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890-1962, in Journal of African History, 37, 1 (1996): 157-160.
Terence Ranger, Are We Not Also Men?: The Samkange Family & African Politics in Zimbabwe, 1920-64, in International Journal of African Historical Studies, 30, 1 (1997): 132-136.
Frederick Cooper, Decolonization and African Society: The Labor Question in French and British Africa, in Journal of Social History, 32, 1 (1998): 216-219.
Brian Raftopoulos and Ian Phimister, eds., Keep on Knocking: A History of the Labour Movement in Zimbabwe, 1900-97, in Counterpoise for Social Responsibilities, Liberty and Dissent, 2, 4 (1998): 36-37.
Timothy Burke, Lifebuoy Men, Lux Women: Commodification, Consumption and Cleanliness in Modern Zimbabwe, in Journal of Social History, 32, 4 (1999): 998-1000.
Charles Green, ed., Globalization and Survival in the Black Diaspora: The New Urban Challenge, in Peace Review, 12, 2 (2000): 345-347.
Terence Ranger, Voices from the Rocks: Nature, Culture & History in the Matopos Hills of Zimbabwe, in Journal of Social History, 34, 3 (2001): 757-759.
Gerald Horne, From the Barrel of a Gun: The United States and the War against Zimbabwe, 1965-1980, in International Journal of African Historical Studies, 35, 1 (2002): 175-178.
Mark Huband, The Skull Beneath the Skin: Africa after the Cold War, in Africa Today, 49, 3 (2002): 132-134.
Robert I. Rotberg, Ending Autocracy, Enabling Democracy: The Tribulations of Southern Africa, 1960-2000, in International Journal of African Historical Studies, 35, 2-3 (2002): 532-536.
Gaurav Desai, Subject to Colonialism: African Self-Fashioning and the Colonial Library, in Canadian Journal of African Studies, 36, 2 (2002): 368-370.
Jock McCulloch, Black Peril, White Virtue: Sexual Crime in Southern Rhodesia, 1902-1935, in Journal of Social History, 36, 3 (2003): 815-819.
Elizabeth Schmidt, Mobilizing the Masses: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in the Nationalist Movement in Guinea, 1939-1958, in American Historical Review, 111, 2 (2006): 599-600.
Jacques Depelchin, Silences in African History: Between the Syndromes of Discovery and Abolition, in International Journal of African Historical Studies, 40, 2 (2007): 337-340.
Mohamed Adhikari, Not White Enough, Not Black Enough: Racial Identity in the South African Colored Community and James Muzondidya, Walking a Tightrope: Towards a Social History of the Coloured People of Zimbabwe, in Journal of Southern African Studies, 33, 4 (2007): 881-885.

David Maxwell, African Gifts of the Spirit: Pentecostalism & the Rise of a Zimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement, in American Historical Review, (2008): 1276-1277.


Paul Gilroy, Darker Than Blue: On the Moral Economies of Black Atlantic Culture, in Contemporary Sociology, 39 (2010): 706-707.
Alusine Jalloh and Toyin Falola, editors, The United States and West Africa: Interactions and Relations, in Journal of African American History, 96, 1 (2011): 123-125.
Michael W. Casey, The Rhetoric of Sir Garfield Todd: Christian Imagination and the Dream of an African Democracy, in Social Sciences and Missions (forthcoming).

** Reply to critical assessment of article directly above by Christopher Lowe, “Resurrection How? A Response to Michael O. West and William G. Martin’s Article ‘A Future with a Past: Resurrecting the Study of Africa in the Post-Africanist Era’,” Africa Today, 44, 4 (1997): 385-421.

**** Slightly revised version of previously-listed article, “Indians, India and Race and Nationalism in British Central Africa,” South Asia Bulletin: Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 14, 2 (1994): 86-103.


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