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Dr Hannah Whittaker

Dr Hannah Whittaker
Senior Lecturer in African History

Marie Jahoda 225


Hannah is an historian of modern East and North East Africa. Her research is mainly focused on issues relating to colonialism, development and conflict in northern Kenya. Before joining Politics and History at Brunel in September 2013, Hannah taught History at SOAS. She completed her PhD in African History at SOAS in 2011.


  • PhD African History (SOAS)
  • MA Imperial History (Durham)
  • BA History (LSE)


2020-2021 Deputy Senior Tutor

2019-2020 Student Experience Leader for History

2017-2018 Director of Postgraduate Research for Politics and History

Newest selected publications

Whittaker, H. (2020) 'Youth on the margins: criminalizing Kenya's pastoral frontier, c. 1930-present'. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 14 (4). pp. 763 - 779. ISSN: 1753-1055

Journal article

Whittaker, H. (2019) 'The Somali Factor in Urban Kenya: A History', in Carrier, N. and Scharrer, T. (eds.) Mobile Urbanity: Somali Presence in Urban East Africa. Berghahn Books. pp. 31 - 56.

Book chapter

Whittaker, H. (2017) 'Mickie Mwanzia Koster The Power of the Oath: Mau Mau Nationalism in Kenya, 1952–1960 Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2016, 262 pp. £55.00 hbk'. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 17 (2). pp. 310 - 312. ISSN: 1473-8481 Open Access Link

Journal article

Whittaker, H. (2017) 'Frontier security in North East Africa: conflict and colonial development on the margins, 1930-1960'. The Journal of African History, 58 (3). pp. 381 - 402. ISSN: 0021-8537 Open Access Link

Journal article
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