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Faculty bio-Jennifer Tappan



Jennifer Tappan

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Columbia University (2010)

Contact Info:
Cramer Hall 441-E
jtappan @

Office hours:
on leave for AY 2013-2014


Fields of Expertise:
Sub-Saharan African history; East African history;
history of colonial and tropical medicine; environmental history;
history of slavery and the slave trade; history of women and gender


Recent publications:
Author of “The True Fiasco: The Treatment and Prevention of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Uganda, 1950-1974” in
Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Culture, Epidemiology, and Control, Tamara Giles-Vernick and James L.A. Webb, Jr., eds. (Ohio University Press, forthcoming) and “Blood Work and Rumors of Blood: Nutritional Research and Insurrection in Buganda, 1938-1952” in a special edition of the International Journal of African Historical Studies on the history of medicine in East Africa (forthcoming Spring 2013


Courses taught:

  • HST 300, Historical Imagination
  • BST/INTL 211A & UNST 233A, Introduction to African Studies/Global Perspectives
  • HST 312U, Africa to 1800
  • HST 313U, Africa since 1800
  • HST 412/512, Topics in African History and Culture: Health and Healing in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • HST 412/512, Topics in African History and Culture: Women and Gender in Sub-Saharan Africa