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About Kara Moskowitz

Kara Moskowitz is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She specializes in modern African history, with a focus on East Africa, international development, and decolonization. She received a B.A. in History with Honors from Grinnell College, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in African History from Emory University. Before coming to the University of Missouri – St. Louis, she received a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities in Original Sources to conduct archival and oral research in Kenya and the United Kingdom. Her teaching and research interests include African history, social history, rural history, transnational history, state-making, political culture, inequality, land, and the intersections of local and global historical processes. In her research, she looks in particular at how local negotiations over transnational development programs shaped states, citizenship, and political authority. She has published on these topics in The Journal of African History. She is currently working on a book examining the relationship between decolonization and development entitled, ‘The Government Is Us Now?’ Decolonization, Development, and the Making of Kenya (1945-80).


Present Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of History

Curriculum Vitae



2013 - 2013 Laney Graduate School Competitive Research Grant
Emory University
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2014 - Present Journal Manuscript Reviewer, Journal of Women's History
2013 - 2013 Research Consultant for Mau Mau Case, Tandem Law Firm
2011 - 2012 Research Assistant, Professor Clifton Crais, Emory University
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Honors and Awards

  • International Studies Programs Fellow, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2015-2016
  • Fellow, International Seminar on Decolonization, National History Center, 2015
  • Institute of African Studies Graduate Student Prize, Emory University, 2014
  • Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities in Original Sources, 2012-2013
  • Joseph J. Mathews Prize for International Research, Emory University, 2012-2013
  • Alternate for Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertations Research Abroad, 2012-2013
  • Finalist for Fulbright IIE Kenya, 2012-2013
  • Distinction, Comprehensive PhD Exams, 2011
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship (Group Projects Abroad for Intensive Swahili), 2011
  • National Resource Fellowship (Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies), 2010
  • Emory Fellowship for Graduate Study, 2009-2014


2014 PhD, Emory University ‐ History
2012 MA, Emory University ‐ History with Distinction
2006 BA, Grinnell College ‐ History with Honors