Professor, Department of History and Director, African Studies Center, Michigan State University


Expertise/Research Interests: TAZARA, Historical memory, China-Africa history

Languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Kiswahili, Mandarin

Bio: Jamie Monson specializes in the history of the TAZARA Railway, a technology assistance project built in Tanzania and Zambia during the 1970s.  Her area of expertise more broadly is China-Africa engagement during the Cold War era.  Her book, Africa’s Freedom Railway: How a Chinese Development Project Changed Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania, was published by Indiana University Press in 2009.  Her new projects include technology transfer in China-Africa development assistance and women’s diplomacy between Africa and China in the 1960s and 1970s.

Professor Monson has also published widely on East African colonial history and environmental history.  Her co-edited volume with James Giblin, Maji Maji: Lifting the Fog of War, was published by Brill Press in 2010.  She has been a research fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg and at the Humboldt Universty in Berlin, and an SSRC Humanities in China Research Fellow linked with Beijing University (2009).  She is currently based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan USA.