Hannah is an historian of modern East and North East Africa. Her research focuses mainly on issues relating to colonialism, borders and conflict in northern Kenya, as well as more recently on colonial and postcolonial rural development initiatives. 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)
2019-2020 Student Experience Leader for History
2017-2018 Director of Postgraduate Research for Politics and History
Newest selected publications
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.
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
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
Whittaker, H. (2017) 'Neil Carrier. Little Mogadishu: Eastleigh, Nairobi’s Global Somali Hub. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. xx + 313 pp. Maps. Photographs. Bibliography. Index. $31.95. Paper. ISBN: 9780190646202.'. African Studies Review, 60 (2). pp. 234 - 236. ISSN: 1555-2462 Open Access Link
Whittaker, H. and Hayer, H. (2016) 'Education, migration and national liberation: mapping the school days of the first Sudanese civil war, 1948-72', in Razy, E. and Rodet, M. (eds.) Children on the Move in Africa: Past and Present Experiences of Migration. James Currey. pp. 175 - 190.