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Tamba M’bayo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Dr. M'bayo is completing work on is first monograph titled Muslim Interpreters and Mediations of Knowledge and Power in Colonial Senegal, 1850-1920: The Lower and Middle Senegal River Valley, which explores the paradoxical and often contradictory roles African interpreters played in mediating relations between the French and Africans in colonial Senegal. The study investigates the lives and careers of Muslim interpreters who worked for the colonial administration in Saint-Louis, Senegal, and explores, among other themes, the production of knowledge, identity formation, interpretation as a cross-cultural process, and hegemony and accommodation. The main thrust of the argument is that the Muslim interpreters epitomized a paradox: while serving an alien French administration they not only defended the interests of their local communities but also strived to maintain some degree of autonomy. Second, the study proposes that the interpreters occupied a propitious position as intermediaries to influence the construction of colonial discourse and knowledge since they could channel the flow of information between French officials and the African population.

Courses Offered

  • HIST 726: Seminar in African History                                                       
  • HIST 725: Readings in African History
  • HIST 434: West Africa From 1885
  • HIST 433: West Africa To 1885
  • HIST 393B: Africa in World History
  • HIST 393C: Myth and Culture in Pre-colonial Africa
  • HIST 320: Pre-colonial Africa
  • HIST 180: World History Since 1500

Publications

Books:

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Muslim Interpreters and Mediations of Knowledge and Power in Colonial Senegal,1850-1920:The Lower and Middle Senegal River Valley.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498509985/Muslim-Interpreters-in-Colonial-Senegal-1850%E2%80%931920-Mediations-of-Knowledge-and-Power-in-the-Lower-and-Middle-Senegal-River-Valley


Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

“The Politics of Football in Post-Colonial Sierra Leone.” In Brenda Elsey and Stanlislao Pugliese, eds., Football and the Boundaries of History: Politics, Social Change and Critical Theory (New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 2016); Forthcoming.

“Africa’s Past, Present and Future Underdevelopment: Dependency in the Context of Globalization,” in Alain Laurent Aboa, Hilaire de Prince Pokam, Adama Sadio and Aboubakr Tandia, eds., Démocratie et développement en Afrique: perspectives des jeunes chercheurs Africains (Tome 2). Imaginaires et practiques du développement à l’épreuve de la politique internationale (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2013), 23-50.

“Historical Memory, Pan-Africanism, and National Consciousness,” in Ismail Rashid and Sylvia Macauley, eds., Paradoxes of History and Memory in Post-colonial Sierra Leone (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013), 77-99.

“Bou El Mogdad Seck, 1826-1880: Interpretation and Mediation of Colonialism in Senegal,” in African Agency and European Colonialism: Latitudes of Negotiations and Containment, edited by Femi J. Kolapo and Kwabena O. Akurang-Parry (University Press of America, 2007), 25-44.

“W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Pan-Africanism in Liberia, 1919–1924,” The Historian 66, No. 1 (Spring 2004), 19-44.

Selected Scholarly Reference Entries :

“Assimilation,” “Cheikh Amadou Bamba,” and “Dahomey.” In F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo, eds. The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), 102-103, 128-130, 269-271.

“Côte d’Ivoire (The Republic of Ivory Coast).” In Peter N. Sterns, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Volume 4 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), 274-276.

“Benin” and “Côte d’Ivoire.” In Thomas Riggs, ed. Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices (Detroit: Thomson Gale), 2006, 101-107, 251-258.

“Ethnic Conflicts: West Africa.” In Thomas M. Leonard, ed., Encyclopedia of the Developing World (New York: Routledge, 2006), 626-629.

“Africa,” “Americo-Liberians,” “Guinea,” “Liberia,” “Mali,” “Muslims in Africa” and “Sierra Leone.” In Carl Skutsch, ed. Encyclopedia of the World’s Minorities (New York: Routledge, 2005), 27-28, 90-93, 527-529, 748-750, 784-786, 870-871, 1098-1100.   

“Benin (Republic of)/Dahomey: Colonial Period.” In Kevin Shillington, ed. Encyclopedia of African History (New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2005), 137-139.

“Environment.” In Melvin Page, ed. Colonialism: An International Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia. (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio, 2003), 190-191.  

Selected Book Reviews:

Sharon Alane Abramowitz. Searching for Normal in the Wake of the Liberian War. Philadelphia: University of Philadelphia Press, 2014. African Studies Quarterly 15, 4 (September 2015): 183-184.

Vivian Seton, Konrad Tuchscherer, and Arthur Abraham, edited. The Autobiography of an African Princess: Fatima Massaquoi (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), African Studies Quarterly 15, 1 (December 2014), 186-188.

Gibril R. Cole, The Krio of West Africa: Islam, Culture, Creolization and Colonialism in the Nineteenth Century (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2013). The International Journal of African Historical Studies 47, 1 (2014), 156-158.

Jeremy H. Smith, The Staircase of a Patron: Sierra Leone and the United Brethren in Christ. Asbury Theological Seminary Series: The Study of World Christian Revitalization Movement in Pietist/Wesleyan Studies (No. 4). (Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 2011). The International Journal of African Historical Studies 45, no. 2 (2012), 301-303.

Christopher L. Miller, The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade (Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press, 2008). Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 13, 1 (2011), 154-156.

Peter Alegi. African Soccerscapes: How a Continent changed the World’s Game (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2010). African Studies Quarterly 11, 4 (Summer 2010), 118-121.

Arnold Hughes and David Perfect. A Political History of The Gambia, 1816-1914. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2006. The International Journal of African Historical Studies 41, 2 (2008): 330-332.

Benjamin N. Lawrance, Emily Lynn Osborn, and Richard L. Roberts, eds. Intermediaries, Interpreters, and Clerks: African Employees in the Making of Colonial Africa. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. H-SouthAfrica. <http://www.h-net.org/~safrica/> (October 2008).

 Benjamin N. Lawrance, Emily Lynn Osborn, and Richard L. Roberts, eds. Intermediaries, Interpreters, and Clerks: African Employees in the Making of Colonial Africa. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2006. The International Journal of African Historical Studies 40, 2 (2007): 372-373.

 Ibrahim Abdullah, ed. Between Democracy and Terror: The Sierra Leone Civil War. Dakar: CODESRIA, 2004. The International Journal of African Historical Studies 39, 1 (2006): 156-158.

 Mariane C. Ferme, The Underneath of Things: Violence, History, and the Everyday in Sierra Leone. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. H-WestAfrica. < http://www.h-net.org/~africa/reviews/> (March 2003).  


Other Publishing Activities

Translation, French to English, in collaboration with Nicole Livar: Review by Catherine Coquery-Vitrovitch of Achille Mbembe, On the Postcolony. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. H-Africa. <http://www.h-net.org/~africa/reviews/> (March 2002).

Grants and Awards

Wellcome Trust (UK) Medical Humanities Small Grant (2016)

WVU Research and Scholarship Advancement Grant (RSA) (2016)

Several faculty travel grants, professional development grants, and research travel grants (2006-2016)

MSU Compton Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Africa (2004)