MICHAEL O. WEST
B.A., Politics, Lake Forest College, 1982
A.M., History, Harvard University, 1983
Ph.D., History, Harvard University, 1990
Professor, Binghamton University
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.
“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.
“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.
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).