About our staff
Dr Josh Doble
BA (Leeds), M.St (Oxford) PhD (Leeds)
Teaching Fellow in African History
Affiliated research centres
Before joining Edinburgh I was the Royal Historical Society Marshall Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. During that fellowship I finished my AHRC- funded PhD at the University of Leeds, which focused on the history of settler colonialism within the context of decolonising territories in East and Central Africa; approached through the prism of emotions and intimacy. The thesis was based upon archival and ethnographic oral history research in Kenya and Zambia and examined the intimate relations between 'white settlers' and the African people and environment around them to question what decolonisation means in these pseudo-settler postcolonial territories.
I previously studied at the Universities of Leeds and Oxford for my undergraduate and masters degrees.
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Comparative & Global History
- Twentieth Century & After
My research interests centre on the history of settler colonialism within the context of decolonising territories in East and Central Africa; approached through the prism of emotions, intimacy and the senses.
My thesis drew upon archival and ethnographic oral history research in Kenya and Zambia and examines the intimate relations between white settlers and the African people and environment around them to question what decolonisation means in these pseudo-settler postcolonial territories.
My research focuses upon what a ‘white settler’ is in postcolonial Africa as well as into the complex relationships which these settlers have with Africans, the African state and the African environment.
Body and Power in Colonial Africa
Politics and Power in Post-Colonial East Africa
Historical Research: Skills & Sources (online)
Historical Skills and Methods 1
The Historian's Toolkit
An Unhappy Valley: Mau Mau, culture and colonialism in Kenya's highlands ca.1895-ca.1964
Currently accepting research student applications : Yes
Areas accepting Research Students in:
I am interested in supervising M.Sc students on social/cultural colonial and postcolonial history in Africa, as well as students researching settler colonialism both in Africa and other contexts.
‘Can dogs be racist? The colonial legacies of racialised dogs in Kenya and Zambia’
forthcoming in History Workshop Journal Issue 89.