B.A. (summa cum laude), University of Florida, 2001 – History
B.S. (cum laude), University of Florida, 2001 – Zoology
African History Expert for About.com (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.
As the African History Expert for About.com, 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.
“Nimrods and Amazons: The Gendering of Big Game Hunting in Africa, 1880-1914,” in
Gender and Power in Irish History.2009.
“G is for Giraffe,” in Animalia: An Anti-imperial Bestiary for Our Times, ed. by Antoinette Burton and Renisa Mawani (Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming).
‘’The Work of Peace’: History, Imperialism, and Peacekeeping,” in “A New Scramble for Africa?: The Role of Great and Emerging Powers,” ed. Earl
Conteh-Morgan, special issue, Insight (Turkey) 21.1 (Winter 2019): 53-76.
Review of Imperial Justice: Africans in Empire's Court by Bonny Ibhawoh, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 16.1(Spring 2015).
Review of Conservation Song: A History of Peasant-State Relations and the Environment in Malawi,
1860-2000 by Wapulumuka Mulwafu, H-Environment, Jan. 2012.
Review of Africa, Empire, and Globalisation: Essays in Honor of A.G. Hopkins, edited by Toyin Falola and Emily Brownell, and A.G. Hopkins, H-Empire, Jan. 2012.
Review of Stanley: the Impossible Life of Africa’s Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal, Journal of British Studies 48(July 2009): 787-9.
Review of Big Game Hunter: a Biography of Frederick Courteney Selous, by Norman Etherington, Journal of African History, (submitted Sept. 2018).
Review of Beastly Encounters of the Raj: Livelihoods, livestock, and veterinary health in North
India, 1790-1920 by Saurabh Mishra, Victorian Studies, 59.2 (Winter 2017): 339-340.
"Hunting," World Book Encyclopedia (2013)
“On the Job Market as a Visiting Instructor,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 14, 2010.
"Uncomfortably 'At Home' with the Empire's Heroes: The Spatial Dynamics of Masculinity,"
Masculinities on the British Fringe, University of Chicago, April 2015.
"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.
"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.
“The ‘Sergeant Melanine’ Affair: the Berlin Conference, River Regimes, and Transimperial
Cooperation,” ERC Secure Closing Conference, Cultures of Security in the Nineteenth
Century: Transimperial Perspectives, Utrecht University (May 2019)
"Online Tools for Discussion and Collaboration," panel with Morag Martin and Jie Zhang,
SUNY Conference on Instructional Technology, SUNY Potsdam. (June 2016).
"A Question of Masculinity: Reconsidering the Encounters of Exploration," Greater
New York Area African History Workshop, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. (April
"Where Are Your Wives?: Laughing at African explorers," North American Conference
on British Studies, annual meeting, Little Rock, AK. (November 2015).