Angela Thompsell

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Phone: (585) 395-5074
Office: 329 Liberal Arts Building


  • Modern Britain
  • British Empire
  • 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

  • UUP/NYS Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action / Diversity Leave Award, 2014
  • Pre-Tenure Grants Development Award, College at Brockport, 2011
  • Presidential Management Finalist, (declined), 2009
  • Mellon British History Seminar at Columbia University, 2007
  • University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, 2006-2007

Courses Taught

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

Public History


  • Hunting Africa: British Sport, African Knowledge, and the Nature of Empire. Palgrave, forthcoming October 2015.
  • “Nimrods and Amazons: The Gendering of Big Game Hunting in Africa, 1880-1914,” in Gender and Power in Irish History.2009.
  • Book Reviews
    • 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.
  • Other Publications
    • "Hunting," World Book Encyclopedia (2013)
    • “On the Job Market as a Visiting Instructor,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 14, 2010.

Conferences and Presentations

  • "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.

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 4/11/18

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