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Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)


History (Arts and Sciences)

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First Committee Member

Edmund Abaka

Second Committee Member

Donald Spivey

Third Committee Member

Kate Ramsey

Fourth Committee Member

Ayele Bakerie


"A Pan-African Imagined Community" is a multilayered exploration of black internationalism that highlights the linkages between Africa and its diaspora at the points of both theory and praxis. It illuminates how Pan-African bonds were solidified and challenged when Jamaican Rastafarians sought the ideological and physical realization of repatriation to Africa in post-colonial Tanzania. Drawing on previously undiscovered archival documents and oral sources, my work offers a nuanced examination of how notions of Pan-African solidarity are forged and complicated by the realities of economics, law, culture and religion.


Black Nationalism; Julius Nyerere; Walter Rodney; Michael Manley; Repatriation; Pan-Africanism