Paul Ocobock is Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. Ocobock is a historian of twentieth-century Africa specializing in the histories of African peoples living in East Africa.
Ocobock's research draws on archival records and field interviews done with members of several communities in Kenya. His current work examines the everyday lives of young Kenyan African men growing up under British colonialism. Ocobock is preparing a book manuscript on this theme entitled Coming of Age in Kenya Colony as well as writing an article on the participation of young men in the Mau Mau war and British efforts to punish and rehabilitate them.
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.
With Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Ocobock to Study Global Economic and Cultural Impact of Coffee
Jul 22, 2020
Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow Paul Ocobock, associate professor of history, has received a fellowship from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study the complex economic and cultural connections between coffee lovers and the men, women, and children who grow the beans in places like Kenya.
Ocobock: Exploring Age and Masculinity in Kenyan Politics
Jan 22, 2019
Kenya has been troubled by ethnic violence for many years, especially surrounding elections, and most histories of the country focus on the issue of ethnicity. But there is another factor that is just as important, Kellogg Faculty Fellow Paul Ocobock argues — age.