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Corrie Decker

Corrie Decker

Associate Professor

Director of Cross-Cultural Women and gender History (CCWgH) research cluster, 2014-2016


Davis , Ca 95616
Office Phone: (530) 754-1639

Education:

  • PhD and MA, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Bryn Mawr College

Biography:

Corrie Decker specializes in the history of gender, childhood, sexuality, and development in East Africa. Her book, Mobilizing Zanzibari Women: The Struggle for Respectability and Self-Reliance in Colonial East Africa, is a history of girls' education and women's professionalization in colonial Zanzibar. In addition to co-authoring a book on the history of development in Africa, Decker's current research investigates historical ethnographies discussing childhood sexuality in early twentieth-century eastern Africa.

 

Research Interests


Twentieth-century social and cultural history of East Africa, history of childhood and youth, education, gender and sexuality, colonialism, Islam, development.



Selected Publications


Books:

Mobilizing Zanzibari Women: The Struggle for Respectability and Self-Reliance in Colonial East Africa (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Mobilizing Zanzibari Women

 

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/?K=9781137465290

History of Development in Africa, co-authored with Elisabeth McMahon, under contract with Cambridge University Press

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

“Schoolgirls and Women Teachers: Colonial Education and the Shifting Boundaries between Girls and Women in Zanzibar,” in Erin Stiles and Katrina Daly Thompson, eds., Gendered Lives in the Western Indian Ocean: Islam, Marriage, and Sexuality on the Swahili Coast  (Ohio University Press, 2015)

“The Elusive Power of Colonial Prey: Sexualizing the Schoolgirl in the Zanzibar Protectorate,” Africa Today Vol. 61, no. 4 (2015), Special Issue on Love & Sex in Islamic Africa, edited by Elisabeth McMahon and Corrie Decker

“Introduction: Love & Sex in Islamic Africa,” Africa Today Vol. 61, no. 4 (2015), Special Issue on Love & Sex in Islamic Africa, edited by Elisabeth McMahon and Corrie Decker

"Biology, Islam and the Science of Sex Education in Colonial Zanzibar," Past & Present 222 (2014)

“Reading, Writing, and Respectability: How Schoolgirls Developed Modern Literacies in Colonial Zanzibar,” International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 43, No. 1 (Spring 2010) 

“Fathers, Daughters, and Institutions: Coming of Age in Mombasa’s Colonial Schools” in Girlhood: A Global History, edited by Jennifer Helgren and Colleen Vasconcellos (Rutgers University Press, 2010) 

“Wives or Workers: Negotiating the Social Contract between Female Teachers and the Colonial State in Zanzibar,” co-authored with Elisabeth McMahon, Journal of Women’s History, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Summer 2009)

Course History


SPRING 2016:

HIS 15: Intro to African History

H15S2016

HIS 115B: East and Central Africa

H115BS2016

Past Courses:

  • FRS 004 031 Modern Girls, Punks, and Protesters
  • HIS 102X Adolescence in the Modern World
  • HIS 115C Southern Africa from Exploration to the Rainbow Nation
  • HIS 102O Sexual Rites/Rights in Africa
  • HIS 201Q Youth and Gender in the Modern World
  • HIS 201Q Sexuality and Imperialism
  • HIS115B, History of East and Central Africa
  • HIS102O, Girlhood in the Modern World
  • HIS 115C, History of Southern Africa
  • HIS 116, Africa and the Development Discourse
  • HIS 102O, Autobiographies and Biographies in African History
  • HIS 115D, Colonialism in Africa
  • HIS 103, History of Sexuality in Africa
  • HIS 15, Intro to African History