Megan Vaughan
Position: Distinguished Professor
Program: History
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8432
Room Number: 5109.04
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., University of London
Research Interests: African History, World History
Megan Vaughan has been appointed distinguished professor of history at the Graduate Center, effective Fall 2013. A fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, she is a scholar of outstanding accomplishment and vision, one of the most productive and innovative historians of Africa and comparative colonialism. Her five books are classics that resonate both within and beyond the academic world. The first four, published between 1981 and 1994, examine British Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Women Farmers of Malawi, coauthored with David Hirschmann; The Story of an African Famine; Curing their Ills: Colonial Power and African Illness; and, coauthored with anthropologist Henrietta Moore, Cutting Down Trees, which won the Herskovits Prize from the African Studies Association. For Creating the Creole Island: Slavery in Eighteenth-Century Mauritius (2005), her fifth book, Vaughan ventured into the French West Indies. The book won the 2005 Heggoy Book Prize from the French Colonial Historical Society. Vaughan has published a prodigious number of journal articles and chapters in edited books, serves on the editorial boards of several journals, and has organized major international conferences in both England and Africa. President of the African Studies Association (UK), she played a key role in building the programs of African studies at both Oxford and Cambridge Universities and is highly respected for her contributions to the study of Africa in Africa itself. Vaughan earned her Ph.D. in African history at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and comes to the Graduate Center from the University of Cambridge, where she has been Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History, a fellow of King’s College, and director of the Centre of African Studies. Photo Credit: Sophie Isogai