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Elizabeth Prevost

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Prevost is a historian of modern Britain and the Empire/Commonwealth, colonial Africa, women & gender, global Christianity, and reading & publishing. 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. More recently, she has written on the interwar politics of colonial trusteeship and indirect rule; postwar welfare programs and decolonization; and the intersection of women’s professionalism and anti-imperialism. Her current book project investigates Agatha Christie and the global export of British literary celebrity.

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: 

After the Great War; Decolonization; Modern Britain and Empire; Modern Africa from the Sahara to the Zambezi; Southern Africa




Primary Academic Interest: 

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

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