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Dr. Elizabeth MacGonagle

Humanities - History
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785.864.9452
Wescoe Hall, 3650
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
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Bailey Hall, 203c



Summary

Elizabeth MacGonagle is an African historian in the Departments of History and African & African American Studies. She is the Director of the Kansas African Studies Center.

Teaching

Prof. MacGonagle's undergraduate course offerings include surveys of African history, a seminar on sexuality and gender in African history, a course on the liberation of southern Africa, and a seminar on memory in global perspective. At the graduate level, she teaches seminars in both African Studies and African history. In 2007 she received the ING Excellence in Teaching Award at KU. She was a Co-director of a humanities lab, ColLAB, in 2017-2019.

Teaching Interests

  • African history
  • African Studies
  • Memory and history

Research

In her research, she crosses historical, geographical, and theoretical boundaries to link nation, culture, and ethnicity to processes of identity formation in African and Diasporan settings. Her first book, Crafting Identity in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, examined four centuries of history from 1500–1900 in the Ndau region of southeastern Africa to challenge popular notions about tribalism. She speaks Portuguese and Shona (Ndau). Dr. MacGonagle is currently engaged in analyzing intersections between history and memory at several African sites of memory central to the heritage of slavery. She has received grants from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Philosophical Society, among others, to support research in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana, and Portugal. Dr. MacGonagle collaborated with Ken Lohrentz (KU Libraries) to digitize a portion of the Onitsha Market Literature collection held at KU's Spencer Research Library. Selections of this popular Nigerian literature, along with a companion website, are on the Internet at http://onitsha.diglib.ku.edu/.

Research Interests

  • History
  • Africa
  • African History
  • Mozambique
  • Zimbabwe
  • Shona
  • Ndau
  • Portuguese
  • Luso-Africa
  • South Africa
  • Memory
  • Heritage Studies

Selected Publications

MacGonagle, E. (2003). Onitsha Market Literature: From the Bookstalls of a Nigerian Market. http://onitsha.diglib.ku.edu

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Selected Grants

Cultivating Global Citizenship in the Heartland: The Kansas African Studies Center. 42202. Us Department Of Education. $1140000.00. (8/15/2018 - 8/14/2022). Federal. Status: Funded
Cultivating Global Citizenship in the Heartland: The Kansas African Studies Center. 45816. Us Department Of Education. $916000.00. (8/15/2018 - 8/14/2022). Federal. Status: Funded
Cultivating Global Citizenship in the Heartland: The Kansas African Studies Center. P015B140073. U.S. Department of Education, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Program. $990000.00. Submitted 6/1/2014 (10/2/2014 - 8/31/2018). Federal. Status: Funded
Engaging Communities for the Common Good: Stories about Migration in the Public Square. National Endowment for Humanities. $140811.00. Submitted 6/24/2015 (1/1/2016 - 12/31/2016). Federal. Status: Funded
Humanities Research Fellowship. Hall Center for the Humanities. Submitted 11/1/2014 (1/1/2016 - 5/31/2016). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded
Franklin Research Grant. American Philosophical Society. $5000.00. (6/1/2005 - 7/31/2005). Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded
Fulbright Scholar Program. Lecturing Award, University of Iceland, Reykjavík. $9900.00. (12/31/2004). Federal. Status: Funded
Digital Library Initiative Development Grant. Information Services, University of Kansas. $7100.00. (12/31/2003). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded

Selected Awards & Honors

ING Excellence in Teaching Award $1,000
Lawrence campus, University of Kansas
2007

 
 
 






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