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Dr Emma Hunter


Senior Lecturer; African History


Contact information
Address: Room 02M21, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, 0131 650 4034
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 4034
Other contacts: Twitter: @emma_edin
Office hours: On research leave in 2018-19
  • Co-ordinator of the Global and Transnational History Research Group
Affiliated research centres
Centre of African Studies

I am a historian of Africa in a global context with particular interests in intellectual history and the history of political thought, print culture and the history of nationalism and decolonization. I grew up in Edinburgh then studied and taught in Cambridge before returning to Edinburgh and joining the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in January 2015. I am principal investigator for a Leverhulme-funded project ‘Another World? East Africa and the Global 1960s’ with Daniel Branch and Gerard McCann which will run from 2018 until 2022. In 2018-19 I am the Quentin Skinner Fellow in Intellectual History at CRASSH at the University of Cambridge.

I have supervised a range of PhD topics in the field of African history, including ‘Nationalism, Authority and Political Identity in the Secession of Katanga, 1908-1963’ (Catherine Porter); Church and State in Post-Colonial Uganda, 1962-1981’ (Eva Namusoke) and ‘Imaginging Modernity in the Uganda Prisons Service, 1945-1979' (Katherine Bruce-Lockhart).

I welcome proposals for research projects in the field of African political, intellectual, cultural and social history. 

Image: view of Lake Victoria

View of Lake Victoria, Tanzania

External appointments

I serve on the editorial boards of Social History; Modern Intellectual History and the Journal of Eastern African Studies. Together with Dr Adam Branch and Dr Chris Warnes, I am a co-editor of the Cambridge Centre of African Studies book series with Ohio University Press.

Useful Links

Academia.edu profile