Michael Mahoney

Michael Mahoney

Associate Professor of Global Studies

[email protected]
Office: East 209

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Professional Affiliations

Basic Information


  • B.A. History, Connecticut College
  • M.A. History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph. D. History, University of California, Los Angeles

Courses Taught

  • GLB 111: Global Political Culture
  • GLB 112: Global Political Economy
  • CTL 120: The Global Economy by the Numbers
  • CTL 210: Intercultural Competency
  • POL 250: Comparative Politics
  • HIS/GLB 253: Modern Africa
  • POL 272: Development and Change in Latin America
  • POL 273: China in Transition
  • POL 276: Politics of Contemporary Europe
  • GLB 501-502: Global Studies Senior Seminar

Awards & Honors

  • Faculty/Staff Service Learning Award,Center for Social Responsibility, Ripon College (2015)
  • Sarai Rubicoff Teaching Award, Yale University
  • Morse Fellowship, Yale University


  • “Zulu Ethnic Identity: 1890s-1900s, Before and Since,” paper presented at the 2017 African Studies Association Annual Meeting, December 3, 2016.
  • “Towards a History of African Unemployment in South Africa: Bringing Political Economy ‘Back In’ to South African Historiography,” paper presented to the Ripon College Ceresco Research Workshop, February 11, 2015 (currently preparing for publication).
  • “Black Music and the History of Its Appropriation,” talk given to the Ripon College community as part of Black History Month, Monday, February 9, 2015.
  • “Unemployment as a Global Phenomenon,” talk given for the Brown Bag Lunch Series at Ripon College, February 5, 2015.
  • “Freedom Riders, the Next Generation,” presentation to the Black Students Union Straight Talk forum at Ripon College, November 5, 2014.
  • The Other Zulus: The Spread of Zulu Ethnicity in Colonial South Africa (2012). Duke University Press.
  • “An Ambiguous Sexual Revolution: Intragenerational Conflict in Late Colonial Natal, 1879-1906,” South African Historical Journal, 50 (2004), pp. 134-151. (with Julie Parle)
  • “Racial Formation and Ethnogenesis from Below: The Zulu Case, 1879-1906,”International Journal of African Historical Studies, vol. 36, no. 3 (2003), pp. 559-584.
  • “The Zulu Kingdom as a Genocidal and Postgenocidal State,” Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 5, no. 2 (June 2003), pp. 251-268.
  • “Estado Novo, Homem Novo: Colonial and Anti-Colonial Development Ideologies in Mozambique, 1930-1977,” in Michael Latham et al. (eds),Staging Growth: Modernization, Development, and the Globalization of the Cold War (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002).
  • “The Millennium Comes to Mapumulo: Popular Christianity in Rural Natal, 1866-1906,” Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 25, no. 3 (September 1999), pp. 375-391.

Areas of Interest

  • Modern African History
  • South African History
  • Zulu History
  • Ethnicity
  • Economic Development
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Social History
  • Economic History
  • Unemployment

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

  • African Studies Association