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Paul OcobockPaul Ocobock

Assistant Professor of History
(PhD, Princeton University)
479 Decio
(574) 631-2564

Geographic focus: I am a historian of twentieth century Africa, specializing in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Thematic interests: My research and teaching interests include histories of colonialism; gender and generation; youth politics and violence; migration and labor; anti-colonial movements in Africa; as well as comparative European imperialisms.

Current research: I currently work on the everyday lives of young Kenyan African men growing up under British colonialism. I explore their efforts to earn a living and challenge generational and colonial authority, as well as articulate and fulfill a sense of moral and material maturity. I specifically focus on the migrant wage labor, street life, delinquency, and armed rebellion of young men against the colonial state.

Selected publications:

  • “Joy Rides for Juveniles: Vagrant Youth and Colonial Control in Nairobi, Kenya, 1901–1952,” Social History, 31: 1 (February 2006)

  • Coeditor with A. L. Beier, Cast Out: Vagrancy and Homelessness in Global and Historical Perspective (Ohio University Press, 2009)

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