Volume 62, Issue 4

Meet the authors of the 62-4 issue, October 2020

Samuel Fury Childs Daly is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, History, and International Comparative Studies at Duke University. His recent book, A History of the Republic of Biafra: Law, Crime, and the Nigerian Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2020), connects the structures of war to the problem of everyday crime, tracing the criminological problems of armed robbery and fraud (known locally as “419”) to the civil war of 1967–1970 and its aftermath. 

Leor Halevi is Professor of History and Law at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of, most recently, Modern Things on Trial: Islam’s Global and Material Reformation in the Age of Rida, 1865–1935 (Columbia University Press, 2019)His first book, Muhammad’s Grave: Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society (Columbia University Press, 2007)won the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award and the Albert Hourani Book Award. Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation will support his next book project, which concerns Saudi Salafism and global trade.

Stacey Hynd is Senior Lecturer in African History and Co-Director of the Centre for Imperial & Global History at the University of Exeter. She gained her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford and lectured at the University of Cambridge. She has published extensively on murder and the death penalty, gender, and criminality in colonial Africa. Her current research is on the history of child soldiering in Africa, ca. 1940–2000 and humanitarian responses to children in war.

Kevin Lewis O’Neill is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. He is the author of City of God: Christian Citizenship in Postwar Guatemala (University of California Press, 2010); Secure the Soul: Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in Guatemala (University of California Press, 2015); and Hunted: Predation and Pentecostalism in Guatemala (University of Chicago Press, 2019). O’Neill is currently writing a book about clerical sexual abuse in Central America. CSSH previously published his essay “I Want More of You: The Politics of Christian Eroticism in Postwar Guatemala” (2010).

Myles Osborne is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder. Though a social historian of Africa, his recent research has focused on connections between the continent and the Caribbean region. 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), which was a finalist for the African Studies Association’s Ogot Prize. He recently edited The Life and Times of General China: Mau Mau and the End of Empire in Kenya (Markus Wiener, 2015); and is the author (with Susan Kingsley Kent) of Africans and Britons in the Age of Empires, 1660–1980 (Routledge, 2015)Osborne’s research has been funded by several agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. 

Jake Christopher Richards is Assistant Professor of History at The London School of Economics. His first book project, tentatively titled “Captured Freedom: Law, Empire, and the African Diaspora in the Age of Atlantic Abolition,” is a comparative legal and social history of slave-trade abolition, focusing on Africans liberated from slave ships in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. His article, “Anti-Slave-Trade Law, ‘Liberated Africans,’ and the State in the South Atlantic World, c. 1839–1852,” Past & Present 241 (Nov. 2018), won the 2019 Alexander Prize awarded by the Royal Historical Society. He previously taught at Durham University.

Ali Sipahi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Özyeğin University, Istanbul. His graduate research focused on the historical ethnography of cultural distance in the late Ottoman Empire and early Republican Turkey. He co-edited The Ottoman East in the Nineteenth Century (I. B. Tauris, 2016). He is now working on a new project about the history of anthropology in Turkey during the Cold War, with a special focus on the later work of Lloyd A. Fallers.

Narendra Subramanian is Professor of Political Science at McGill University, and was Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, and Visiting Professor, Hertie School of Governance. He studies the politics of nationalism, caste, race, religion, and gender in a comparative perspective, focusing primarily on India. He is the author of Nation and Family: Personal Law, Cultural Pluralism, and Gendered Citizenship in India (Stanford University Press, 2014); and Ethnicity and Populist Mobilization: Political Parties, Citizens and Democracy in South India (Oxford University Press,1999). He has published various articles and book chapters on how democracies function amidst enduring social and economic inequalities, how identity politics influences political mobilization, electoral competition, public culture and policy, and how policymakers and citizens address tensions between official secularism and religion’s significant public presence. His main current project compares the effects of political rights on the socioeconomic status of India’s lower castes and African Americans. His research has been supported by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fonds pour la Formation de chercheurs et l’aide à la recherche, the International Development Research Centre, the MacArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute of Indian Studies, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. Subramanian earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.