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James Robert Brennan

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Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall MC-466

Associate Professor

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, History
Associate Professor, Center for Global Studies
Associate Professor, Center for African Studies

Honors & Awards

Conrad Humanities Scholar, 2019-2024, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois
Helen Corley Petit Scholar, 2013-2014, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Illinois
Bethwell A. Ogot Book Award, 2013, African Studies Association
Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, 2012-2015, ACLS
Moody Research Grant, 2013, LBJ Presidential Library

Highlighted Publications

Brennan, J. R. (2012). Taifa: Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania. (New African Histories). Ohio University Press.

Brennan, J. R., Burton, A., & Lawi, Y. (Eds.) (2007). Dar es Salaam: Histories from an Emerging African Metropolis. African Books Collective.

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Recent Publications

Brennan, J. R. (2022). Print Culture, Islam and the Politics of Caution in Late Colonial Dar es Salaam: A History of Ramadhan Machado Plantan's Zuhra, 1947-1960. Islamic Africa, 12(1), 92-124.

Brennan, J. R. (2021). Review: E. Callaci, Street Archives and City Life: popular intellectuals in postcolonial Tanzania. Africa, 91(2), 337-338.

Brennan, J. R. (2021). Review: Shravan Vidyarthi and Erin Haney, editors. Priya Ramrakha: The Recovered Archive. American Historical Review, 126(3), 1204-1206.

Brennan, J. R. (2021). The Secret Lives of Dennis Phombeah: Decolonization, the Cold War, and African Political Intelligence, 1953-1974. The International History Review, 43(1), 153-169.

Brennan, J. R. (2020). A Partial “History of Histories” of the British Intelligence Machine: A review of S. Ball's Secret History: Writing the Rise of Britain's Intelligence Services. International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 34(3), 627-630.

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