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Dr Rachel Taylor

Roles and subjects

Junior Research Fellow in African Studies



Academic Background

I came to Oxford in 2018, working on the ERC-funded project Comparing the Copperbelt, headed by Miles Larmer. In September 2021, I started a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the African Studies Centre in Oxford. I completed my BA at Durham, my MA at SOAS (University of London), and my PhD in African history at Northwestern University (USA).

Undergraduate Teaching

I have taught in the History department on African History and Global History.

Postgraduate Teaching

I teach on the Core Course: Themes in African History and the Social Sciences on the African Studies M.Sc.

Research Interests

I am a historian of East and Central Africa, with a particular focus on histories of gender, labour, and consumption. My work explores how Africans build meaningful lives and communities in times of great social, political and economic change. Within this broad field, my current research project Sewing the City: Dressmaking and Modernity in Postcolonial Lubumbashi, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, seeks to provide a new history of the modern African city through analysing the work and lives of dressmakers in Lubumbashi.


See also Dr Taylor’s departmental webpage on the African Studies Centre website.