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Elizabeth Prevost

Associate Professor
Department Chair of History


Elizabeth Prevost is a historian of modern Britain and the Empire, colonial Africa, women & gender, and global Christianity. She is the author of The Communion of Women: Missions and Gender in Colonial Africa and the British Metropole (Oxford University Press, 2010), a study of religious encounters and feminism in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. Since then, she has written on the gendered implications of colonial trusteeship and indirect rule in the interwar period; women’s postwar welfare and rehabilitation programs and the decolonization of East Africa; and the intersection of women’s professional politics and anti-imperialism. Her current book project investigates Agatha Christie and the imperial imagination.

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4958


(641) 269-4733


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On-Campus Address: 

306 Mears Cottage
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

B.A. from Trinity College (CT) M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University

Courses Taught: 

HIS 100: After the Great War
HIS 236: Modern Britain and Empire
HIS 261: Southern Africa
HIS 262: Modern Africa from the Sahara to the Zambezi

Seminars Taught: 

HIS 344: Decolonization

Primary Academic Interest: 

Modern Britain & the British Empire; Sub-Saharan Africa; Women & Gender; History of Christianity

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