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History Faculty

Anne Macphearson august 2010

Dr. Angela Thompsell

Office: 329 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 585.395.5074


  • Modern Britain, British Empire, and African History 


  • PhD University of Michigan, 2009 – History   
  • BA (with Highest Honors), University of Florida, 2001 – History
  • BS  (with Honors), University of Florida, 2001 – Zoology

Awards and Honors 

  • Pre-Tenure Grants Development award, College at Brockport, 2011
  • Presidential Management Finalist, (declined), 2009                                     
  • University of Michigan, Rackham Humanities Dissertation Fellowship,  2007-2008
  • Mellon British History Seminar at Columbia University, 2007
  • University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, 2006-2007
  • University of Michigan, Regents Fellowship, 2002-2003

Courses Taught

  • World History, 1500-
  • Modern Imperial Britain
  • Modern Africa
  • Imperialism (graduate seminar)
  • Colonialism in the Congo (research seminar)


  • "Hunting," World Book Encyclopedia (2013)
  • “On the Job Market as a Visiting Instructor,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 14, 2010.
  • Review of Stanley: the Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal, Journal of British Studies 48(July 2009): 787-9.
  • “Nimrods and Amazons: The Gendering of Big Game Hunting in Africa, 1880-1914,” in Gender and Power in Irish History

 Conferences and Presentations

  • "The Expert Knowledge of Frederick Courteney Selous," Britain and the World Conference, British Scholar Society, March 2013.
  • "On Holiday in 'Wild' Africa," North American Victorian Studies Association Annual Meeting, Nov. 2011.
  • “Nothing but Cold Meat and Weak Tea: roughing it in British Colonial Africa,” Food and Drink: their Social, Political and Cultural Histories, University of Central Lancashire International Conference, June 2011.
  • “Imperial Taxidermy: International Conservation and the African Landscape,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Jan. 2011. (panel organizer)
  • Discussant and Panel Organizer, International, International, or Imperial: Constructions of British Culture Through Leisure, North American Conference on British Studies Annual Conference , Nov. 2010.
  • “Where ‘unprincipled character is laid bare in all its naked ugliness’: African Big Game Hunting and the Assessment of a Nation’s Worth,” North East Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, Boston College, Nov. 2008.
  • The Adventurer at Home: Living a Frontier Life in the Metropole,” North American Conference on British Studies Annual Conference, Oct. 2008.
  • Discussant for Nancy Hunt, “An Acoustic Register, Tenacious Images, and Congolese Scenes of Rape and Repetition,” Topographies of War and Registers of Violence in Cold war, post-1989 & post-9/11 Africas, University of Michigan, April 2008.
  • “The Role of Elephant Foot Umbrella Stands in the Gender Relations of fin-de-siècle Britain,” Reconsidering Europe Graduate Student Conference, European History Workshop, University of Michigan, March 2008.
  • “Nimrods and Amazons: British Big Game Hunters in fin-de-siècle Africa,” Doing Gender History: Methods and Models, Women’s History Association of Ireland Annual Meeting, Centre for Research on Women and Gender, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, April 2005.
  • “True Hunters and Real Men: Big Game Hunting, Masculinity and Authority in Late Victorian Britain.” Culture/Politics Conference, Center for British Studies, University of California at Berkeley, Jan. 2004.

Current Projects

I am currently working on a manuscript provisionally entitled Hunting Africa: British Sport, Colonial Encounters, and the Nature of Empire.  Hunting was one of the central ways in which Britons interacted with Africans on the colonial frontier, yet the sport has not received the attention that evangelism and exploration have.  This book examines the negotiated relationships British hunters had with African peoples, the impact of British women who hunted, and the ways in which hunters helped construct British understandings of and knowledge about Africa.  The aim is to illuminate the role of hunters in the construction of colonial power and to better our understanding of how hunting, and especially the safari, shaped British and American perceptions of what Africa should be.  This research draws together my broader interests in the histories of environmentalism, science, gender, and empire.

Last Updated 7/31/14


Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.