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Brooks Marmon

Brooks Marmon
Brooks Marmon
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, West Africa, Liberia, Cold War, decolonization, higher education, Transnational History

I am a historian interested in Cold War era sub-Saharan Africa.    My thesis examines the broader impact of African decolonisation  on political developments  in colonial Zimbabwe.

I also have extensive experience in Liberia, a country I examined for my Master's thesis and in which I worked for two years prior to joining CAS.


Sara Rich Dorman & Emma Hunter


MA, Atlantic History, Clark University.  2008

BA, Global History, Clark University.  2007


  • From Dreams of Dominion to Aspirations for a New Africa: Ahrn Palley’s Political Re-invention in Southern Rhodesia, 1959–1961, Journal of Southern African Studies, 2019. 
  • The Liberation of Zimbabwe and the Pan-African Leadership of Liberian President William Tolbert Jr.: Passive, Pragmatic, or Principled?  Liberian Studies Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1 (116 - 141).

Conference Presentations 

  •  “The Malawi Congress Party’s Incitement of Factionalism in the Early Zimbabwean Liberation Movement, 1961 -64.”  Freedom Road and its Intersections – a one day workshop.  Stirling, Scotland.  June 15, 2019.  
  • “A Solidarity Network Reconsidered: The Malawi Congress Party and the Rupture of African Nationalist Unity in Southern Rhodesia, 1961-64.” 8th European Conference on African Studies.  Edinburgh, Scotland.  June 13, 2019.
  • “A Quixotic Quest: The Central African Federation’s Diplomacy in Decolonising Africa, 1960-63.”  International History and Diplomacy in the 20th Century Symposium.  Liverpool, England.  May 31, 2019.    
  • “The Preservation of Privilege: Rhodesian Efforts to Reconfigure the Borders of the Central African Federation.”  Cambridge World History Graduate Conference.  Cambridge, England.  May 17, 2019.  
  • "The Struggle for Total Liberation: Kwame Nkrumah's Ghana in Southern Rhodesian Politics."  4th Annual Conference of the Zimbabwe Historical Association.  Harare, Zimbabwe.  August 18, 2018.
  • "From Dreams of Dominion to Aspirations of a New Africa: Decolonisaton and Ahrn Palley's Personal Winds of Change in Southern Rhodesia, 1959 - 61."  AEGIS Summer School.  Cagliari, Italy.  July 3, 2018.
  • "Winter is Coming: Riots and Refugees in Colonial Zimbabwe, July 1960."   7th European Conference on African Studies.  Basel, Switzerland.  July 1, 2017. 
  • “The OAU, Zimbabwe, and African Liberation: Reconsidering the Legacy of Liberian President William Tolbert.”  59th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association.  Washington, DC.  December 2, 2016.
  • “Decolonization & European Refugees in Africa: The Mobilization of Kenya’s Settlers for ‘Operation Congo.’”  56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association.  Baltimore, MD.  November 22, 2013.
  • “An Examination of Liberia’s ‘Special Relationship’ with the USA: the US State Visits of Presidents W.V.S. Tubman and Samuel K. Doe.”  45th Annual Meeting of the Liberian Studies Association.  Rutgers, NJ.  April 4, 2013.
  • “‘American in Effort and yet so very un-American in Result:’ The International Political and Social Milieu of Liberia College, 1880-1912.”  40th Annual Conference of the Liberian Studies Association.  Toledo, Ohio.  March 29, 2008.
  •  “The American Society of African Culture Reconsidered: A Policy of Pragmatic Protest for Southern Africa, 1957-1967.”  Boston University 16th Annual Graduate Student Conference in African Studies.  Boston, MA.  March 15, 2008.

Guest lectures:

History Society of Zimbabwe.  Point of No Return: The Path to December 1962.  Harare, Zimbabwe.  2018.

University of Liberia, Kofi Annan Institue for Conflict Transformation. The Liberation of Zimbabwe and the Pan-African Leadership of President William R. Tolbert, Jr.  Monrovia, Liberia, 2016.

African Methodist Episcopal University, Coca-Cola Institute.   The Implications & Lessons of Presidential Leadership: The Recent Cases of Nigeria & Burundi. Monrovia, Liberia, 2015.