Stephanie Quinn

Stephanie Quinn is a historian of twentieth century southern Africa with specific interests in the role of labour migration, urban infrastructure, and ethnicity in Africans' imagination of political community in Namibia during South African colonial rule and apartheid. She sees South African rule in Namibia from the end of the First World War until 1990 as crucial to the history of colonialism in southern Africa, and aims in her work to situate the history of labour and control in Namibia in terms of this international history. Her broader interests include histories of development and education in Africa.

Stephanie completed her PhD at Stanford University in March 2019. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she is revising her doctoral dissertation, "Labor, Urbanization, and Political Imagination in Namibia, 1943-1994," into a book manuscript. She has served as a teaching assistant and solo-taught various undergraduate courses on South African, African, and international history, as well as international fieldwork research methods.
Quinn, Stephanie. "Infrastructure, Ethnicity, and Political Mobilization in Namibia, 1946-87." Journal of African History 61, no. 1 (2020), 45-66.
Book reviews
Mattia Fumanti, The Politics of Distinction: African Elites From Colonialism to Liberation in a Namibian Frontier Town. Stephanie Quinn, African Studies Review 59, no. 3 (2016): 245-47.
Gabrielle Hecht, Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade. Stephanie Quinn, South African Historical Journal 67, no. 4 (2016): 478-80.

Quinn, Stephanie. Hostels in South Africa: Spaces of Perplexity, by Nomkhosi Xulu-Gama, Canadian Journal of African Studies 53, no. 3 (2019), 515-17.

Weter Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Stanford University, 2017-2018
Graduate Research Opportunity Grant, Stanford University, Summer 2017
Teaching Fellow, Stanford Department of History, Winter 2017
Distinguished Departmental Scholar, Stanford Department of History, 2016
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship, 2015-2016
Summer Research Grant, Center for African Studies, Stanford University, 2014
Summer Language Study Grant (Silozi), Center for African Studies, Stanford University, 2013
Summer Language Study Grant (Icibemba), Center for African Studies, Stanford University, 2012

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