Faculty Profiles

Poppy Fry

Assistant Professor
Modern African History

Office: 301 Joseph Hall
Office Phone Number: (603) 641-7049
Email Address: prfry@anselm.edu


Research Interests

My graduate work focused on the connections between ethnic identity and British rule in nineteenth-century Southern Africa. My research remains focused on the ways that Africans defined themselves in the context of European imperialism. In particular, I am interested in the significance of such factors as agriculture, masculinity, liberal ideologies and Christianity in colonial and post-colonial Africa.

Current Works in Progress

Allies and Liabilities: Fingo Identity and British Imperialism in South Africa's Eastern Cape, 1800-1935 (book manuscript in progress).

"'Proverbial Industry' and 'Traditional' Authority: The Creation of Fingo-ness in South Africa's Eastern Cape, 1800-1835" (article manuscript in progress).

"Imperial Crises: The Xhosa Cattle-Killing and the Indian Mutiny in Context" (article manuscript in progess).

Selected Publications

Contributing Author, Pearson Custom Publishing Database: World History/Africa (wrote introductions and author biographies for primary and secondary sources, developed factual and analytical question sets).

Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Peter Stearns, ed., New York: Oxford University Press, 2008 (contributed entries for "Informal Empire" and "High Commission Territories").


Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 2007
Master of Arts, Harvard University, 2002
Bachelor of Arts, Kenyon College, 2000

Courses Taught

History 105: World History
History 399: Modern Africa
Humanities 201 and Humanities 202: Portraits of Human Greatness

Saint Anselm College, a Benedictine, Catholic, Liberal Arts College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, New Hampshire 03102

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