History Department
History Department

Tshepo Masango Chery


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., 2012, History, University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor; Fellow, Lee and Joseph D. Jamail Chair in African American Studies
Tshepo Masango Chery

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Research Specialities:

African History; Social Movements; Religious Activism & Religious Fundamentalism; Education Policy in Africa; Global Health & International Aid

Biography

Tshepo Masango Chéry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies with an affiliation in the Department of History. She earned her BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy at Princeton University with certificates in African Studies, African American Studies, and Woman & Gender Studies. At the University of Pennsylvania, she obtained her PhD in African History with a certificate in Africana Studies. Her current book project is entitled Witnessing for Freedom: Nationalism & Liberation in The African Orthodox Church of South Africa. It examines the ways South Africans relied on the African Orthodox Church as a forum from to examines questions of freedom for themselves and other black people worldwide. This historical account which begins in the late 19th century and ends in the late 20th century, links together the political ambitions of South African Ethiopianism, American Garveyism, and East African radicalism.

Her work has been supported by the Fontaine Society, Annenberg Foundation, and the University of Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies and she was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. 

Courses


HIS 364G • Histories African Liberatn

39475 • Fall 2016
Meets MW 100pm-230pm GWB 1.130
(also listed as AFR 372G)

Is Africa free from all forms of colonialism? This course engages this question by examining the historical moment of African independence. It focuses on a variety of texts, both primary and secondary, from across the continent and beyond that embody the romantic visions, realistic compromises, and some of the tragic aftermaths of independence on the African continent. The course will explore themes that include an examination of the anti-colonial movement, the role of Pan-Africanism within nationalistic dialogues, the strengths and weakness of African nationalism after independence, as well as the challenges of nationalism in contemporary Africa.

 

HIS 382L • Conversion/Colonization Afr

38917 • Spring 2016
Meets T 200pm-500pm GWB 1.138

This course examines the relationship between religion and colonization on the African continent. We will explore the ways Europeans’ relied on conversion efforts as a strategy of colonialism, and the ways Africans resisted organized religion by reinterpreting, reappropriating, and ultimately transforming it to meet their own spiritual, social, and political needs as well as maintained their own indigenous religions.

The course has two objectives.  It will expand graduate students’ knowledge of the history of and scholarly debates about the relationship between colonization and religion in Africa, with special attention to Christianity.  The course will also help students develop and refine their own pedagogical approaches.  While we will draw heavily on history and religion, we will critically examine interdisciplinary approaches to these issues, particularly those rooted in African and Diasporic Studies.

Our discussions will also address pedagogical shifts that emphasize global studies and ethical reasoning by giving students an opportunity to think about the ways African content can be integrated into non-African focused courses that are global in nature while also exploring effective ways to facilitate highly controversial topics such as religion.

HIS 364G • Histories African Liberation

39693 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm PAR 306
(also listed as AFR 372G)

Is Africa free from all forms of colonialism? This course engages this question by examining the historical moment of African independence. It focuses on a variety of texts, both primary and secondary, from across the continent and beyond that embody the romantic visions, realistic compromises, and some of the tragic aftermaths of independence on the African continent. The course will explore themes that include an examination of the anti-colonial movement, the role of Pan-Africanism within nationalistic dialogues, the strengths and weakness of African nationalism after independence, as well as the challenges of nationalism in contemporary Africa.

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