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Nathaniel Mathews

Undergraduate Director, Associate Professor

Africana Studies


Dr. Nathaniel Mathews is a historian of modern Africa, specializing in the history of modern Zanzibar, and the global afterlives of the
Zanzibar revolution.


  • PhD, Northwestern University
  • MA, Georgetown University
  • BA, Howard University, History and Anthropology

Research Interests

  • African history
  • Modern Zanzibar
  • Islam on the Swahili coast
  • History & memory
  • History of slavery

Teaching Interests

  • African history
  • African diasporas in the Indian Ocean
  • Swahili culture and language
  • Comparative race and slavery

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Recent Publication:
Nathaniel Mathews, “The ‘Fused Horizon’ of Abolitionism and Islam: Historicism, the Quran and the Global History of Abolition” Journal of Global Slavery 4 (2019), 226-265.

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