GU-Qatar Associate Professor
Phoebe Musandu is a scholar of African history. She has research interests in African politics, mass media and women’s history. Her last major research project resulted in a book titled Pressing Interests: The Agenda and Influence of a Colonial East African Newspaper Sector (McGill - Queen’s University Press, 2018). The book examines the establishment and influence of various secular newspapers in East Africa between 1899 and the 1960s. Pressing Interests was the winner of the American Historical Association's Eugenia M. Palmegiano Prize in 2019. In line with her research interest in the press, as Georgetown University’s Centre for International and Regional Studies faculty fellow for 2018-2019, Musandu launched work on another media history monograph which will focus on the politico-economic undercurrents of various East African newspapers in the post-colonial era. While studying newspapers, she has also developed an interest in the histories of other forms of mass media as well as African commercial history which she intends to cultivate in the long-term. Phoebe obtained her doctoral degree from the University of California Los Angeles' Department of History.