Opolot Okia, Ph.D.

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

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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