Rosa Williams

Assistant Professor History Department

B.A. (Hons) English, School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex.
A.M., PhD History, University of Chicago.

Rosa Williams

I am a historian of Southern Africa and of European imperialism. My research focuses on histories of medicine, public health and healthcare in Southeastern Africa and has drawn on archival research in Mozambique, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. At St. Lawrence University , I teach courses on the histories of Africa, European empire and global public health.

As an undergraduate studying English in the interdisciplinary school of African and Asian studies at the University of Sussex, I learned to read cultural texts - from literature, to philosophy, to art works - in their historical and political contexts and encountered debates about the representation of the past. After completing my BA, I worked as an English language assistant in a small high school in rural Northern Portugal and studied Portuguese in Lisbon. I completed my Masters and my PhD in History at the University of Chicago. I was subsequently a postdoctoral research fellow in the International Studies Group at the University of the Free State in South Africa.

I am completing a book manuscript which traces the relationships between medicine and mobility in colonial Mozambique. Two other research projects currently preoccupy me. One is focused on popular and official discourses about the moral and medical consequences of alcohol consumption in Mozambique over the 20th century. The other examines the role of international political solidarity movements in the development of public health and healthcare policy - a 'people's health service' -  in newly independent Mozambique.

I am the web editor for H-Net Luso-Africa and a Research Associate at the University of the Free State.

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