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
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