Bard Faculty

Wendy Urban-Mead

Associate Professor of History, MAT Program

Primary Academic Program: Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Africana Studies, Historical Studies

Area of Specialization: Africa


B.A., Carleton College; M.A., University at Albany; Ph.D., Columbia University. She is the author of The Gender of Piety: Faith, Family, and Colonial Rule in Matabeleland Zimbabwe (Ohio University Press, 2015). Areas of interest include African history, with emphasis on southern Africa; European imperialism; history of Christianity in Africa; religion and gender. Taught secondary school social studies for five years in Red Hook and Arlington, New York, school districts. Member, American Historical Association, African Studies Association, Britain Zimbabwe Society. Awards: German Academic Exchange Service Grant (1984-85), Richard Hofstadter Fellowship (1995-2000), Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Grant (1999). Co-Editor, Social Sciences & Missions (Brill). Articles in Journal of Religion in Africa, Women's History Review, and a chapter in Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation, and the American Protestant Empire, 1812-1960 (Duke, 2010), "Gender and the Limits of Ndebeleness: Abezansi Churchwomen's Domestic and Associational Alliances," in Gendering Ethnicity in African Women's Lives, ed. Jan Bender Shetler (University of Wisconsin Press, 2015).


  • Research Interests: Zimbabwe; religion and gender; colonial Africa
  • Teaching Interests: modern Africa; global religious history; modern europe; global history of world war one era
  • Other Interests: european imperialism since 1800; history of christianity


2008-09-04 — Presentation
I will be presenting a paper in October 2008 at the North-East Workshop on Southern Africa (NEWSA), held in Burlington VT. The paper's title is "Mwali and the Brethren in Christ: embodied spiritual rivalry in colonial Matabeleland"

2008-09-04 — Publication
I have a chapter in Barbara Reeves-Ellington, Kathryn Kish Sklar, and Connie Shemo, eds. Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation, and the American Protestant Empire, 1812-1960 (forthcoming, Duke University Press.) The title of the chapter I wrote is, "An ‘Unwomanly’ Woman and Her Sons in Christ: Faith, Empire & Gender in Colonial Rhodesia, 1899-1906"


Phone: 845-758-7115
Department: Master of Art in Teaching
Location: MAT Building
Office: 104