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Thom McClendon

Professor of History

Areas of expertise

African history (particularly South Africa), colonialism, apartheid, and legal history.



Education

Ph.D.,Stanford University 1995
M.A.,Stanford University 1990
J.D.,University of California, Berkeley 1980
B.A.,Pomona College 1976

Positions

Professor of History
Southwestern University
August 01, 2007 - present

Associate Professor of History
Southwestern University
August 01, 2003 - July 01, 2007

Assistant Professor of History
Southwestern University
August 01, 1998 - July 01, 2003

Visiting Lecturer, History
University of California, Berkeley
January 01, 1997 - June 01, 1998

Visiting Assistant Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
September 01, 1995 - June 01, 1996

Courses: Spring 2014

Slavery & Freedom in Atlantic
Historiography

Research

My research has focused on South Africa, especially KwaZulu-Natal in the 19th and 20th centuries. I am concerned with colonialism, indirect rule, gender and generation conflict, and land and labor. I have two current projects. One is The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University Press, 2013), co-edited with Clifton Crais. The Reader contains about 100 selections, including historical primary sources, some fiction and a smattering of scholarly articles, along with 75 or so images. I am also beginning work on a project, with Pamela Scully, looking at the role of South Africans in the anti-apartheid movement in the United States, particularly on college campuses.

Publications

Books:

The South Africa Reader: History, Culture, Politics, The World Readers (Duke University Press, 2013), co-edited with Clifton Crais

White Chief, Black Lords: Shepstone and the Colonial State in Natal, South Africa, 1845-1878, Rochester Studies in Africa and the Diaspora (University of Rochester Press, 2010).

Genders and Generations Apart: Labor Tenants and Customary Law in Segregation-Era South Africa, 1920s to 1940s, Social History of Africa (Heinemann, 2002).

Journal Articles:

"You Are What You Eat Up: Deposing Chiefs in Early Colonial Natal", 1847-58, Journal of African History 47, no. 1 (2006): 1-21.

"The Man Who Would be Inkosi: Civilizing Missions in Shepstone's Early Career," Journal of Southern African Studies (2004): 251-70.

"A Dangerous Doctrine?: Twins, Ethnography, and Inheritance in Colonial Africa," Journal of Legal Pluralism, 39 (1997): 121-40.

"'Hiding Cattle on the White Man's Farm': Cattle Loans and Commercial Farms in Natal, 1930-1950," African Economic History, 25 (1997): 43-58.

"Tradition and Domestic Struggle in the Courtroom: Customary Law and the Control of Women in Segregation-Era Natal," The International Journal of African Historical Studies, 28, no. 3 (1995): 527-61.

"Inupiat Eskimos, Bowhead Whales and Oil: Competing Federal Interests in the Beaufort Sea," 10 Alaska Law Review 1 (1980) (co-author).

Book Chapters:

"Makwerekwere: separating immigrants and natives in colonial Natal, 1847-54," in Dennis Cordell, et al., eds., The Demographics of Empire: Population and State Power in Colonial Africa (in press, Ohio University Press).

"Generating Change, Engendering Tradition: Rural Dynamics," in Benedict Carton, et al., ed., Zulu Identities: Being Zulu, Past and Present (New York: Columbia University Press; Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press), 281-89.

"Interpretation and Interpolation: Shepstone as Native Interpreter," in Benjamin Lawrance, et al., ed. Interpreters, Clerks and Intermediaries in Colonial Africa (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006): 77-93.

"Coercion and Conversation: African Voices in the Making of Customary Law in Natal," in Clifton Crais, ed., The Culture of Power in Southern Africa: Essays on State Formation and the Political Imagination (Heinemann, Social History of Africa Series): 49-63.


Honors & Awards

Fulbright-Hays (dissertation research) SSRC (dissertation research) NEH Summer Fellowship Sam Taylor Fellowships

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:
Colonialism South African history, politics, and land/labor issues Law in context of colonial/postcolonial states

I am willing to talk to the media: yes

I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: no

Can you do interviews in Spanish? no

Other languages you are fluent in:

Experience with the news media (especially electronic media):

Contact Details:
(512) 863-1414(office)
Office: Mood-Bridwell 215
mcclendt@southwestern.edu