Opolot Okia, Ph.D.

Department:
History
Title:
Professor
Address:
Millett Hall 360, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Dr. Opolot Okia is a professor of African History at Wright State University. His research examines forced labor in colonial East Africa and the impact of changing international discourses on acceptable labor practices. He has published several articles and two books, Communal Labor in Colonial Kenya: The Legitimization of Coercion, 1912-1930 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and Labor in Colonial Kenya After the forced Labor Convention (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Dr. Okia has also twice served as a Fulbright scholar at Moi University in Kenya (2007-2009) and Makerere University in Uganda (2016-2017).

Education History: 
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

Ph.D., 2002

African History, with emphasis on Modern East Africa (colonial) Secondary fields are trans-Atlantic slave trade, African Development

  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

M.A. 1992

African Studies

  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

B.A., March 1990

History

Academics

Research statement: 

Scholarly Books

Labor in Colonial Kenya after the Forced Labor Convention, 1930–1963 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Communal Labor in Colonial Kenya: The Legitimization of Coercion, 1912-1930 (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012)

Refereed Journal Articles

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    “Subjusdice” in Colonial kenya: Women and Communal Labor in Colonial Kenya, 1920-1963, Eastern African Journal of Historical Studies Volume 1 2018, 195-223.

  • “Virtual Abolition: The Economic Lattice of Luwalo Forced Labor in the Uganda Protectorate”

African Economic History

Vol. 45, No. 2 (2017)

  • “The Windmill of Slavery: The British and Foreign Anti Slavery Society and Bonded Labor in East Africa”

Middle Ground Journal

No. 3, Fall (2011), 1-35

  • “The Role of the Police in the Post Election Violence in Kenya, 2007/08

Journal of Third World Studies

Vol. 28, No. 2 Fall (2011), 259-275

  • “The Northey Forced Labor Crisis: A Symptomatic Reading”

International Journal African Historical Studies

Vol. 41, No. 2 (2008), 95-123

  • “In the Interests of Community: Archdeacon Walter Owen and The Issue of Communal Forced Labor in Kenya, 1921-1930”

Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

Vol. 32, No. 1 January (2004), 19-40

  • “Promethean Fire: Free labor Ideology and Trusteeship”

Journal of Cultural Studies

Vol. 3, No. 2 March (2001), 549-565

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    Service: 

    Director, African African American Studies Program (2012-2016)

    Professional

    Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 
    • Ohio Academy of History

    • African Studies Association

    • Third World Studies Association

    • Middle States African Studies Association

    • American Historical Association

     

    Awards/Recognition: 
    • Association for the Study of the Middle East And Africa Research Grant (Summer 2018)

    • Fulbright Scholar, Uganda (2016-2017)

    • College of Liberal Arts Faculty Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant (2013)

    • Wright State University Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, Early Career Achievement (2012)

    • Fulbright Scholar, Kenya (2007-09)

    • Winthrop University Research Council Grant (2006)

    • University of Tennessee Provost's Professional Development Award (2003)

    • NEH Summer Institute “Indian Ocean Cradle of Civilizations” University of Pennsylvania (2002)

    • Dissertation Scholar in Residence, Ohio University(2000-2001)

    • W. E. B. Du Bois Fellowship, West Virginia University (1995)

    • Board of Regents Minority Doctoral Fellowship, West Virginia University (1995-1999)

     

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