Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences
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Kenneth E. Wilburn

Assistant Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies

D.Phil., New College, University of Oxford

Phone: 252-328-1029

Office: Brewster A318

Fax: 252-328-6774




Kenneth E. Wilburn specializes in the history of Africa, the Middle East, colonialism and imperialism. His co-edited work with Clarence Davis, Railway Imperialism (1991), was translated into Japanese. He has published in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, African Studies Review and the South African Journal of Economic History. He continues to explore ways in which to apply new technologies to research, publishing, and teaching. His academic web editorships include H-Net's H-Africa, SERSAS, the African Studies Committee, and Letters from Africa. Of particular research and teaching interests are H-Africa's Threads and Reviews sections, SERSAS's Papers, Roundtables, and Videos Bibliography, 1973 to the Present, and Letters from Africa. He is the list owner of SERSAS-L and SUZUKI-L, discussion groups that promote Africana scholarship and Suzuki piano pedagogy respectively.  He also edits the Suzuki Piano Basics web site for children, parents, and teachers worldwide. He is currently working on a biography of James Sivewright, a technology pioneer and politician in late nineteenth-century South Africa.  In June 2006 he co-directed an ECU Study Abroad Program to Ghana.  He teaches HIST 1030/1, World Civilizations to/since 1500; HIST 3810, History of Africa; HIST 3820, History of South Africa; HIST 3830, Africa and Islam; HIST 3670, History of the Middle East; and HIST 5660, Imperialism in Theory and Practice.


Selected Publications:

Railway Imperialism.  Greenwood Press, 1991.


Courses Taught:

HIST 1030: World Civilizations to 1500

HIST 1031: World Civilizations since 1500

HIST 3810: History of Africa

HIST 3820: History of South Africa

HIST 3830: Africa and Islam

HIST 3670: History of the Middle East

HIST 5660: Imperialism in Theory and Practice