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Devin Smart

Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator of Africana Studies

Teaching Fields

  • Africa
  • World/global
  • The Atlantic World
  • The Indian Ocean World
  • Europe


  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017

Research Interests

History of capitalism, food systems, migration, urbanism, environmental history, labor, development, tourism

Courses Offered

History 321: Colonial Africa and Independence

  • ASP 420: Africana Studies Seminar (Capstone)
  • History 200: Practicing History: African Environmental History
  • History 180: World History since 1500
  • History 179: World History to 1500
  • History 209: Twentieth-Century Europe

Peer-reviewed research articles

“Provisioning the Posho: Labor Migration and Working-Class Food Systems on the Early-Colonial Kenyan Coast,” International Labor and Working-Class History, forthcoming (spring 2020).

"'Safariland: Tourism, Development and the Marketing of Kenya in the Post-Colonial World." African Studies Review. 61, no. 2 (2018): 134-157.

"Developing the Racial City: Conflict, Solidarity and Urban Traders in Late-Colonial Mombasa." Journal of Eastern African Studies. 11, no. 3 (2017): 425-441.

Book reviews

"Environmental Politics in Contemporary Africa." Review of The Green State in Africa, by Carl Death. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016. Journal of African History. 59, no. 1 (2018): 122-124.

Review of Congotay! Congotay! A Global History of Caribbean Food, by Candice Goucher. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2014. Food and Foodways: Explorations in the History and Culture of Human Nourishment. 24, nos. 3-4 (2016): 257-259.