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Elizabeth Prevost

Associate Professor
Department Chair of History



Elizabeth Prevost received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University and B.A. from Trinity College (CT). Her research focuses on the history of gender, colonialism, and Christianity, and she teaches classes on modern Britain and Europe, the British Empire, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  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 the intersection of religious encounters and British feminism in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. Currently she is at work on several new projects that consider the role of global humanitarianism and feminism in the production of colonial knowledge, reform, and dissent in the interwar and postwar periods.  She enjoys choral music, travel, and good food.    

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: Making History: Europe after the Great War HIS 236: Britain in the Modern World II HIS 261: Southern Africa HIS 262: Modern Africa from the Sahara to the Zambezi Seminars Taught: HIS 332: Gender and Empire in Victorian Britain HIS 333: The Civilizing Mission and Its Discontents

Primary Academic Interest: 

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

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