History Politics & Geography

Timothy Nicholson

Chair Email Memorial Hall, Room 229

Timothy Nicholson received his PhD from Stony Brook University  and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Farmingdale State College on Long Island, New York. His research involves expanding the field of African and transnational youth studies and he is currently in the process of completing a manuscript that looks at how during the 1950s and 1960s East African youths interacted with local and global paradigms of authority in imperial and Cold War contexts.  He has spent a considerable amount of time in East Africa conducting oral histories and working in archives throughout the region and has published several book chapters and articles on the subject.



“Communism, Tribalism and Greed: British Discrediting of Oginga Odinga" in Enemies of Empire (Routledge, forthcoming).


“Immoral Schoolgirls and the Contestations Over Gendering the Postcolonial Tanzanian State, Women’s Studies International Forum, (forthcoming, 2021).


“The Internationalization and Internalization of Tanzania's Security Culture in R. Shaffer (Ed.), Handbook of African Intelligence Cultures, : Rowman and Littlefield (2021).


“The Problems of Paradise: Kenyan Students as Outsiders in 1960s East Germany, Entremons: UPF Journal of World History, 2020.


“East African Students and the Cold War,” in M. Kithinji and O. Anyanwu (Eds.), Africana World in Perspective: An Introduction to Africa and the African Diaspora, Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company (2020).


“Intimate Decolonization: Strategies for Reconceptualizing and Teaching the End of European Empires, World History Connected, 15(3) 2018.


“African Students in America” in  Ogechi E. Anyanwu, Timothy Forde, Iddah Otieno, ed., Reevaluating the Black Experience in Higher Education in Africa and the United States: Struggles, Survival, and Successes (Richmond: Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, 2018). 


“Students, Sex and Threatened Solidarity: East African Bodies and Indian Angst During the Late Colonial Period” Journal of World History (December 2017)


“Tracking Students, Regulating Mobility:   Youth, the British Empire and the Cold War.” In Childhoods in the British Empire, ed. Simon Sleight and Shirlene Robinson (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).


 “A Cold War Education:  The Role of the Peace Corps in Creating a Tanzanian Identity,” in African Culture and Global Politics, ed. Danielle Sanchez (New York:  Routledge, 2014). Pp. 381-409.


East African Students and a Cold War World (monograph in progress).



“Education” Encyclopedia of the British Empire. (2016).


“East Africa” Encyclopedia of the British Empire. (2016).


"African Girls" Daily Life of Women in World History. (ABC-CLIO 2017)


:African Political Activists”. Daily Life of Women in World History. (ABC-CLIO 2017)


“African Female Educators.” Daily Life of Women in World History. (ABC-CLIO 2017)


Antoinette Burton. “Africa in the Indian Imagination” Ufahamu: Journal of African Studies (Spring, 2017)


Naaborko Sackeyfio-Lenoch. “The Politics of Chieftaincy: Authority and Property in Colonial Ghana” World History Connected (Fall, 2016)


Florence d’Souza. “Knowledge, Mediation and Empire: James Tod’s Journey Among the Rajputs” History: Review of New Books (Spring, 2016)


Kevin O’Sullivan.  Ireland, Africa and the End of Empire: Small State Identity in the Cold War, 1955-75 for Journal of Retracing Africa (January, 2016)


Aran Mackinnon and Elaine McClarand Mackinnon.  Places of Encounter: Time, Place and Connectivity for World History in World History Connected (March, 2015).

Courses Taught

Western Civ I and II
Irish History
The World of Winston Churchill
Imperialism: A Modern History
Culture & Technology in England
Courses on the 20th century, British Empire, Modern Africa and Modern Britain
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