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Angela Thompsell

Angela Thompsell, PhD

Undergraduate Advisment Coordinator, Associate Professor
(585) 395-5074
Office:  329 Liberal Arts Building 


  • Modern Britain
  • British Empire
  • African History


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2009 History
  • B.A. (summa cum laude), University of Florida, 2001 – History
  • B.S. (cum laude), University of Florida, 2001 – Zoology

Public History

  • African History Expert for (now ThoughtCo), 2014-2016. In this position, Angela Thompsell provided readers with more than 70 short, accessible articles on African history and society that were informed by the latest scholarship. Topics ranged from common myths about Africa to the impacts of soil erosion, but primarily focused on historical topics such as Apartheid, decolonization, and national histories. The pages are now updated and maintained by the staff at ThoughtCo. 

Current Projects

  • As the African History Expert for, I publish several short articles a month on African history and society. My goal is to provide short, accessible histories to a broad general public that are informed by the latest scholarship. I love teaching, and I want to make a part of what I do in the classroom available to anyone. Recent topics include, the impacts of desertification in Africa, the decolonization of Africa, African women activists, the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the Biafran and Kagera Wars, World War I in Africa, and the Mau Mau uprising, and I am looking to write a series of articles on Boko Haram, al Shabab, and the rise of Islamic extremism in Africa.
    In terms of scholarship, I am reconsidering the types of masculinity that contemporaries associated with mid- to late-Victorian explorers and imperial heroes.

Last Updated 7/1/20

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