Director of Program

Clifton Crais

Professor, History Department
Bowden 329
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322
Telephone: 404-727-8396


Clifton Crais

Clifton Crais, Professor (B.A., University of Maryland, 1982; M.A., Johns Hopkins, 1984; Ph.D., 1988). His research interests are in African history, especially Southern Africa, state formation and political culture, inequality, comparative empire and world history, biography and heterography, the histories and anthropologies of violence, and the organization of knowledge across the humanities and interpretative social sciences. He is author of over one hundred works, including, with Pamela Scully (African Studies, Women's Studies, and Office of the Provost) Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography (Princeton, 2008), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, on the woman more famously known as the "Hottentot Venus," in addition to:  The South Africa Reader:  History, Culture, Politics, with Thomas McClendon (Duke, 2013); Poverty, War, and Violence in South Africa (Cambridge, 2011); The Politics of Evil: Magic, Power and the Political Imagination in South Africa (Cambridge, 2002); White Supremacy and Black Resistance in Pre-Industrial South Africa: The Making of the Colonial Order in the Eastern Cape, 1770-1865 (Cambridge, 1992); editor of The Culture of Power in Southern Africa: Essays on State Formation and the Political Imagination (Portsmouth, 2003); co-editor of Breaking the Chains: Slavery and its Legacy in Nineteenth-Century South Africa (Johannesburg and Bloomington, 1995); and Area Editor of Encyclopedia of World History, 8 vol. (Oxford University Press, 2008).  Crais is also author of the multiple-award winning History Lessons (Overlook and Penguin, 2015).  He is working on a two-volume world history, A Global History of the Present.

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Kristin Phillips

Department of Anthropology
305 Anthropology
Emory University
Atlanta, GA  30322
Telephone: 404-727-9551


Kristin PhillipsProfessor Phillips is a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her research, Professor Phillips studies citizenship, development, and social change in East Africa. She is specifically interested in how people in contemporary African contexts organize politically, engage policy structures, and vie for voice and economic resources amidst other everyday pursuits of livelihood, human connection, and meaning. In pursuing these questions, she has conducted ethnographic and historical research in the drought-prone Singida region of central Tanzania since 2002. She has published and presented on themes of participatory development, electoral politics, postcolonial policymaking, the politics of knowledge, gender and generation, schooling and childhood, initiation and ritual, and food, farming, and hunger. She is currently working on a book manuscript, titled Landscapes of Development: Policy, Citizenship, and the Politics of Place in Tanzania. At Emory, she teaches courses such as "Foundations in Development Studies," "Political Culture and Citizenship," "Development and the Politics of Knowledge," "City and Village in Africa," "Introduction to African Studies," and "Research Methods for Development Practice."

Assistant to the Director

Madelyn Stone

Department of History

Madelyn Stone is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Emory. Her research explores policing and the state in colonial South Africa.