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.
Faculty Fellow Awarded American Historical Association's Morris D. Forkosch Prize
Oct 10, 2018
Faculty Fellow Paul Ocobock (history) was honored with the American Historical Association's Morris D. Forkosch Prize for his book "An Uncertain Age: The Politics of Manhood in Kenya."
2 Years, 35 Students, $125,000 in Funding: Faculty Fellow’s Seminar Prepares Undergraduates to Do Research around the World
Sep 28, 2017
2 Years, 35 Students, $125,000 in Funding: Faculty Fellow’s Seminar Prepares Undergraduates to Do Research around the World Faculty Fellow Paul Ocobock’s honors history seminar empowers students like Kellogg International Scholar Tianyi Tan ’18 to become historians.