Bard Faculty

Wendy Urban-Mead

History Faculty

Primary Academic Program: Master of Arts in Teaching Program

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Historical Studies

Area of Specialization: Africa


B.A., Carleton College; M.A., University at Albany; Ph.D., Columbia University. 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). Editor, Social Sciences & Missions (Brill). Articles in Social Sciences & Missions, Women's History Review, Journal of Religion in Africa, Women in African Colonial Histories (Indiana University Press, 2002), and Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation, and the American Protestant Empire, 1812-1960 (Duke, 2010).

Research Interests: Zimbabwe; religion & 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: 845-264-7144