Kathleen Sheldon

Kathleen Sheldon is an independent historian with a research affiliation at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for the Study of Women.  She earned a certificate in African Studies as an undergraduate at Northwestern University, and completed her M.A. in African Area Studies and her Ph.D. in history from UCLA.  Her research focuses on Mozambican and African women’s history. She helped found the Lusophone African Studies Organization (an ASA coordinate organization) and serves as an editor for H-Luso-Africa, an H-Net network on Portuguese-speaking Africa (https://networks.h-net.org/h-luso-africa).  Her major publications include Pounders of Grain: A History of Women, Work, and Politics in Mozambique (2002) and the edited collection, Courtyards, Markets, City Streets: Urban Women in Africa (1996). Her current projects include the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa (2016; first edition, 2005); a special two-part forum on “Women and Gender in Africa” for African Studies Review (December 2015 and April 2016), co-edited with Judith Van Allen; and the forthcoming textbook, African Women Making History: Early History to the Twenty-first Century.  She was the editor for women’s entries for the Dictionary of African Biography (2011).  She is an editor for Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies, for which she wrote articles on “Women and African History” and “Women and Colonialism,” and she is on the editorial board for the forthcoming online resource, Oxford Research Encyclopedia in African History.
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