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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Brooks Marmon

Brooks Marmon
Brooks Marmon
African Studies School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
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.