Monson's research interests include African social, environmental and
agricultural history history as well as African-Chinese relations. She just completed two
large-scale research projects: a book on the history of the Tanzania Zambia Railway
Authority entitled "Africa's Freedom Railway" recently published by
Indiana University Press; and a history of the Maji Maji War, a violent anticolonial
conflict that took place in German East Africa between 1905 and 1907. 

Monson has been teaching at Macalester since 2009. 

B.A., Stanford University, 1978; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1984;
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1991. 



How maize became the dominant food crop in Africa, The Journal of African History (2007)


Contributions to Books


Liberating Labour? Constructing Anti-Hegemony on the TAZARA Railway in Tanzania, 1965-76, China returns to Africa : a rising power and a continent embrace (2008)