University of Rochester

Elias C. Mandala

Position: Professor of History

Field: Global History

Specialty: Southern Africa since the 19th century, with a focus on agriculture, food, gender, labor migration, and peasantry. Currently writing a social history of Dr. David Livingstone’s porters and servants.

Education: PhD, Minnesota , 1983

Contact Info

439 Rush Rhees Library
Dept. of History
Rochester, NY 14627-0070

phone: 585.275.2058
fax: 585.756.4425

Fields of Interest:

I teach African and global history, and my research interests include African agriculture, environments, food, gender, peasantry, and labor movements in southern Africa since the mid-nineteenth century. I am currently writing a book, Black Englishmen, on the Magololo servants of Dr. David Livingstone.

Graduate Fields:

I offer the following fields for the PhD qualifying examination. For explanations of fields, see the "Graduate Overview" page in the Graduate Handbook.

Teaching Field:

I will be accepting students for admission in Fall 2015.

Courses Offered:

  • HIS 110: The Making of Modern Africa (AAS 106; ANT 248)
  • HIS 201: New Perspectives in Global History (AAS 202)
  • HIS 310W/410: The Political Economy of Food in Africa (AAS 335)

Representative Publications: