Dr. Christine Saidi

Assistant Professor
Department of History
Lytle 154
Phone: 484-646-5871


B.A. University of California at Los Angeles
M.A., Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles

African History

Courses Taught
HIS 161 History of Africa to 1800
HIS 204 Women in African History
HIS 261 History of Africa since 1800

Selected Publications
Christine Saidi, Women's Authority and Society in Early East-Central Africa (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2010).

Christine Saidi, "Nakabumba: God Creates Humanity as a Potter Creates a Pot," in Gender Epistemologies in Africa: Gendering, Traditions, Spaces, Social Institutions, and Identities, Oyeronke Oyewumi, ed. (New York: Palgrave, 2010), 199-222.

Papers Presented and Talks -

"Frederick Douglass and the Legacy of Strong African Women" Facilitated by Dr. Christine Saidi ¬†3/7/12 ¬†Frederick Douglass was among the first to connect the abolitionist movement to the women’s suffrage movement. Did his philosophies develop as a result of his heritage? Explore the feminist roots of Frederick Douglass with Dr. Saidi.

"The Trail of Mothers: Aftican Gender Dynamics in the Americas" at the American Historical Association Conference 1/6/12

"Grandmothers, Mothers and Sisters, Matrifocality in the African Diaspora" at the 6th Annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora at the University of Pittsburgh.  11/04/11

Andrew Arnold, Ph.D
Professor and Chair
Lytle 115
Phone: 610-683-4385

Anne Manmiller
Lytle 115
Phone: 610-683-4385
Fax: 610-683-4047