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Christopher Tounsel

Christopher Tounsel

Assistant Professor of History and African Studies

403 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. PhD, University of Michigan, 2015
  2. MA, University of Michigan, 2011
  3. BA, Duke University, 2009

Biography:

Christopher Tounsel is an historian of modern Sudan, with particular interests in race and religion as political technologies. His book Chosen Peoples: Christianity and Political Imagination in South Sudan is under contract with Duke University Press. It focuses on the ways Southern Sudanese intellectuals used Judeo-Christian Scriptures to frame their revolutionary work against the state.

 Tounsel's work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and the online media platform The Conversation. He is currently a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow and is on leave for the Fall 2019 semester.

 Recent Publications

“Negro Canaan: Tuskegee, Cotton, and the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan” Journal of African-American History 105, no. 1 (2020) [forthcoming]

 ‘Before the Bright Star: Football in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan’ Journal of Eastern African Studies 12, no. 4 (2018): 735-753

“Render to Caesar”: Missionary Thought and the Sudanese State, 1946-1964’ Social Sciences and Missions 34, no. 2 (2018): 341-374.

‘Race, religion and resistance: revelations from the Juba archive’ Journal of Eastern African Studies 11, No. 2 (2017): 249-265.

‘Khartoum Goliath: SPLM/SPLA Update and Martial Theology during the Second Sudanese Civil War’ Journal of Africana Religions 4, no. 2 (2016): 129-153.     


Awards and Services

2019 Career Enhancement Junior Faculty Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Foundation

2015 Doris G. Quinn Fellowship, Doris G. Quinn Foundation

2014-2015 Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellows Dissertation Grant, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

2013 Rackham Humanities Candidacy Fellowship, University of Michigan

2012 Multi-Country Fellowship, Council of American Overseas Research Centers

Areas of Specialization:

Africa: