Erin Mosely
Assistant Professor

Erin Mosely specializes in modern East and Central African history with a thematic interest in the politics of history and memory after mass violence, the impact of human rights archiving on historical research, and the increasing turn to legal frameworks and vocabularies in managing legacies of violence and injustice. Geographically, her work focuses on the Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and Uganda), though she has also done comparative research on South Africa, Kenya, and Sierra Leone.

Mosely spent two years in Rwanda for her doctoral work with the support of a Fulbright grant and a Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship, after which she received a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. She is currently writing a book that examines the changing political, legal, and archival landscape in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide and its broader consequences for the Rwandan historical field. While the book focuses largely on contemporary processes of historical reckoning and revision, it argues that, in the Rwandan case, these form part of a much longer story of crisis and contestation around knowledge production, nation building, and state power. 

In addition to her academic pursuits, Mosely has been involved in various other projects, including ongoing volunteer work with the Genocide Archive of Rwanda; research for the landmark Mau Mau reparations case in London’s High Court (which in 2013 culminated in a financial payout and public apology by the British government for torture and other crimes committed in colonial Kenya during the 1950s); and youth empowerment and arts advocacy in Goma, DRC as a volunteer for the 2012 Congo International Film Festival.

Mosely earned her Ph.D. in African Studies and History from Harvard University, an M.Sc. in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA from Northwestern University. Before coming to Maryland, Mosely was an assistant professor at Chapman University in Orange, CA.

Courses Offerings:

HIST 123: Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1800

HIST319F: Modern African History through Film, Literature, and Music

HIST429O: Righting Historical Wrongs: Global Struggles for Truth and Justice

Spring 2020 Office Hours:

Mondays, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Francis Scott Key Hall