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Dr Hannah Whittaker

Dr Hannah Whittaker
Senior Lecturer in African History

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Hannah is an historian of modern Africa. Her research is mainly focused on issues relating to colonialism, borders, development and conflict. 

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.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

PhD African History from SOAS, University of London

MA Imperial History from Durham University

BA (hons) History from the LSE


2021- Senior Tutor for the Department of Social and Political Sciences

2020-2021 Deputy Senior Tutor for Politics and History and Co-Chair of the Crossing Borders Research Cluster in the Centre for Global Lives

2019-2020 Student Experience Leader for History

2017-2020 Member of University Senate

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 Open Access Link

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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