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Dr. Christine Saidi

ProfessorChris Saidi Library Exhibition
Lytle Hall Rm 154



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


  • African History

Courses Taught

  • HIS 161CDCT: History of Africa to 1800
  • HIS 204CDCT: Women in African History
  • HIS 261CDWI: 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, Oyenronke Oyewumi, ed. (New York: Palgrave, 2010), 199-222.

Lectures and Papers Presented

  • "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: African 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, 11/4/11.

History club's Professor of the Year Award 2013