Allen F Isaacman

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Department of History
1110 Heller Hall
271 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • MA, PhD: University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • BA: City College of New York.

Curriculum Vitae


  • agrarian change
  • Central and Southern Africa
  • comparative history
  • peasants
  • rural protest
  • slavery and maroon communities
  • social history of Mozambique
  • the agency of ordinary people
  • the nature of African resistance to European colonial domination
  • oral history
  • East Africa and problems in southern Africa
  • racial problems in southern Africa
Courses Taught
  • History 5=930 The Writing of African History and the Production of Knowledge
  • Hist 5931 - Topics in Comparative Third World History: Peasants
  • Hist 5932 - African Historiography and Methodology
  • History 5930 - The Historical Legacy of Contemporary Crises in Africa
  • History 5930 Slalery and Forced Labor in Africa
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change/MacArthur Program:
  • Dams, Displalclement and the Delusion of Development. Isaacman, Allen, Barbara Isaacman, Ohio University Press, Co-Author, 2013.
  • Samira Machel: A Life Cut Short. Isaacman, Allen, Barbara Isaacman, Ohio University Press, Co-Author, 2020.
  • Toward a Social and Environmental History of the Building of Cahora Bassa Dam. Isaacman, Allen, 2000.
  • Elusive Histories: Clandestine Labor Migration from Mozambique to Colonial Zimbabwe 1900-1980. Isaacman, Allen, Ohio University Press, Co-Author, forthcoming.
  • Cotton is the Mother of Poverty: Peasants, Work and Rural Struggle in Colonial Mozambique, 1938-1961. Isaacman, Allen, Heinemann, 1996.
  • Slavery and Beyond:: The Making of Men and Chikunda Identities. Isaacman, Allen, Heinemann, Co-Author, 2006.
  • Regents' Professor, 2001
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2002
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 2002 - 2003
  • ACLS Fellowship, 2002 - 2003
  • Center for Advanced Study, Palo Alto fellow, 2008 - 2009
  • College of Liberal Arts Graduate/Professor Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • College of Liberal Arts Scholars of the College, University of Minnesota, 1996
  • College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 1987
  • Fulbright Scholar Award
  • Center for Advanced Study, Palo Alto fellow, 2010 - 2011