Timothy H Parsons



•Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D., 1996

•George Washington University, M.A., 1991

•Wesleyan University, B.A., 1985


•Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, 

  2006 to the Present.

•Director, International and Area Studies,  

  2010 to 2015.

•Director of Graduate Studies, Department of 

  History, Washington University in St. Louis, 

  2005 to 2011.

•Associate Professor, Washington University in 

  St. Louis, 2002 to 2006.

•Director, African and Afro-American 

  Studies Program, Washington University in St. 

  Louis, 2003 to 2005, co-director 2013.

•Assistant Professor, Washington University in 

   St. Louis, 1996 to 2002.


African & African American Studies Department

Department of History

Current Projects

  • As a social historian of twentieth century Africa, my research focuses on understanding how ordinary people experienced imperial rule and the transformation of colonies into nation states.  My books to date have explored how Africans from diverse walks of life navigated the shifting realities of repression and opportunity that emerged during the imperial and early national eras.  Building on this earlier work, I am currently pursuing several research projects.

  • Kenya Becomes a Nation State: Expected and Unexpected Outcomes of Competitive National Imagining During the Transfer of Power, 1959-1972 

Timothy H. Parsons - Professor of African History - Washington University in St. Louis