Glade, Rebecca

Field: Africa and Middle East; Advisor: Khalidi; Year: 2016

Rebecca Glade’s work focuses on both Africa and the Middle East, examining the politics and social history of post-independence Sudan. Her dissertation, “Sudanese Political Movements and the Struggle for the State: 1964-1985,” analyzes the ways that opposition movements pressured the state to advance their political agendas in Sudan and points to how the state developed in dialogue with them. In the process, Glade engages with and draws upon histories of social and cultural movements, civil society, state-society relations, and labor. Her other recent work focuses on the beginnings of Sudanese Jazz and student activism in Sudan in the 1960s and 70s.

Prior to coming to Columbia, Glade received a B.S. in International Affairs from Georgetown University and a MA in Migration and Intercultural Relations from the Erasmus Mundus European Masters in Migration and Intercultural Relations program. She has lived, worked, and studied in Sudan in various capacities since 2010.


With Alden Young, “Stretching Time: COVID and Sudan’s Current Transitions,”
in Pandemic Exposures: Economy and Society in the Time of Coronavirus, ed. Didier Fassin and Marion Fourcade (Chicago: HAU Books, 2021), 139–52.

“‘Shama Will Not Dance’: University of Khartoum Politics, 1964–69.” Africa: Journal of the International African Institute 89, no. S1 (January 2019): S109–26. DOI 10.1017/S0001972018000931

“Book Review: Clan Cleansing in Somalia: The Ruinous Legacy of 1991” Genocide Studies and Prevention 10, no. 2 (September 2016).

“Social Activism and Transnational Networks: Nafeer and Sudanese Flood Relief.” Sudan Studies Association Bulletin 33, no. 1 (May 2015).


Rebecca Glade is currently teaching English for History Majors as a visiting lecturer at University of Khartoum, where she has also been involved in establishment and continuation of the Sudan Historical Photography Archive.  In the past, she has served as a teaching assistant in Columbia's History Department for courses on History of East Africa, Introduction to African History, History of the Modern Middle East, and History of Ancient Egypt. She was co-president of the Graduate History Association at Columbia for the 2017-2018 academic year.