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Dr. Cathy Skidmore-Hess

Associate Professor of History (1995).
A.B., Mount Holyoke College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1988, 1995.

Teaching and Research Interests: Africa, Environment & Religion

Upper Division Courses:

  • Hist 3530 History of Africa to 1800
  • Hist 3531 History of Africa since 1800
  • Hist 4530 A Revelation and Revolution


Contact Information:

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: #2094, Interdisciplinary Academic Building
Tel.: 912-478-1558
Fax: 912-478-0377

Selected Publications:

  •  “Murder in Nata: Landscapes of colonial justice and authority in colonial Bechuanaland.” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 22, no. 1 (2021) doi:10.1353/cch.2021.0005.
  • Identity, Guns, and Nineteenth-Century Globalization: An Examination of Botswana.” African Studies Quarterly 20 (1)
  • “Have we not an Equal Interest with the Men of this Nation,” with Daniel Skidmore-Hess, International Social Science Review. Fall 2016.
  • “Evaluating SADC and NAFTA as Regional Models,” with Daniel Skidmore-Hess, International Social Science Review.  Fall 2013.
  • “Njinga of Matamba and the Politics of Catholicism” in Women and  Religion in the Atlantic World. Emily Clark and Mary Laven eds. Ashgate Press,  2013.
  • “Botswana: Boipelego and Dependent Development” in Journal of Third World Studies,  Fall  2002. Vol. 19, Iss.2: 189-205.
  • “Wild People and Wild Places: Economics, Environment, and Labor in Northern Botswana” in Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians.  2000. Vol. 21: 1-25. (Appeared in print Fall 2001)

 Professional Activities, Awards, and Honors:

  • Program Coordinator Georgia Southern University Southern African Study Abroad, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Editorial Board: Race, Class and Cooperate Power
  • Assistant Advisor for Model African Union
  • Assistant Advisor for Southeast Model African Union
  • Advisory Board Africana Studies
  • Assistant Grant Director (standing in for the late Charles Crouch- John Steinberg Grant Director).  Title VI Grant: Globalizing the Curriculum.  Department of Education, 2010.

Current Research:

  • Sacred Mothers and Invisible Soldiers: Njinga of Matamba, gender, and authority
  • Towns and Tsetse Flies: the Role of Technology and Disease Eradication in the Creation of Northwestern Botswana.
  • Abner Kneeland:  Freethought, Workingmen, and Utopian America

Last updated: 12/14/2023