Dr. Anais Angelo

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Telephone: +43 1 4277 43218
E-Mail: anais.angelo@univie.ac.at

Office hours: by arrangement


Anais Angelo is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of African Studies, University of Vienna. Born in France, she graduated in political sciences (Sciences Po Paris), specialized in African Studies (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and completing her Ph.D. in history (European University Institute, Florence). Her first book, Power and the Presidency in Kenya: The Jomo Kenyatta Years (Cambridge University Press, 2020), tells the history of presidential powers in postcolonial Kenya. She is currently writing on the struggles of the first women who campaigned for a parliamentary seat in Kenya, in the 1960s-1970s, a time when politics remained an essentially male field.

Her research interest include African presidential powers, African women's postcolonial history, archives and sources, biography and autobiography writing.

She is happy to supervise and learn from Master students and to keep broadening her teaching experience!


  • Education
    • Ph.D., History, European University Institute, 2016
    • M.A., History, European University Institute, 2012
    • M.A., International Relations, Doctoral School of Sciences Po Paris, 2010
    • B.A. Sciences Po Paris, 2009
    • Visiting Student, University of Michigan, 2008
  • Recent Academic Publications


    The Politics of Biography in Africa: Borders, Margins and Alternative Histories of Power. Edited volume. Routledge African Studies Seraie.

    2019; 2020

    Power and the Presidency in Kenya: The Jomo Kenyatta Years. Cambridge University Press. (2019: Hardback; 2020: Paperback)

    To be published (2021)

    “Women in Philosophy (African Feminist Philosophy.” Commissioned by Oxford University Press for the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women History for 2021.

    To be published (2022)

    Why the history of presidential powers in postcolonial Africa matters”. History in Africa.


    “Kenyan Political Autobiographies and the Revival of a Masculine Authority” in Gender & Authority across Disciplines, Space and Times, ed. by Adele Bardazzi and Alberica Bazzoni (London: Palgrave MacMillan), 59-83.


    For a complete list of academic and non-academic publications see u:cris

  • Teaching

    University of Vienna, Department of African Studies

    “Lockdowns: Repression, detention and punishment in colonial African history” (master, Winter 2021)
    “Bachelorseminar afrikanische Geschichte und Gesellschaft: Politik und Lebensgeschichte” (Bachelor, Winter 2021)
    “Vertiefung afrikanische Geschichtswissenschaft: Vergangenheit interpretieren & Geschichte schreiben” (Bachelor, Spring 2020)
    “Gender in African political history” (Master, Winter 2020)
    “African women in politics: past and present” (Master, Spring 2020)
    “Leadership in Sub-Saharan African countries: past and present” (Master, Winter 2019)
    “African Presidents unveiled: the origins of presidentialism” (Master, Spring 2020)
    “Generation, Gender und Politik in der Zeitgeschichte Afrikas” (Bachelor, Spring 2018)


    Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg, Department of Gender Studies

    “Doing gender in African contexts” (Master, Winter 2021)


    Teaching languages:  English, German, French.


    Current lectures: see u:find

  • Supervision

    2021 (ongoing)

    Supervision of Michaela Frauwallner’s master thesis on comics in African history.

    2021 (ongoing)

    Supervision of Janne Wanner’s master thesis on the politicization of women’s bodies in Nigeria.

    2020 (ongoing)

    Supervision of Madeleine Bebe’s master thesis on the issue of custom laws in postcolonial African law.


    Supervision of Mara Elena Zöller’s master thesis “Quid Pro Quo? Development, Security and Migration Policies between the EU and Libya.”

  • Member of Editorial Boards
    • Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies (since 2019; co-manager since February 2021)
    • Revue d’Histoire Contemporaine de l’Afrique (since 2021, co-manager on the section on Sources)

Last updated: 20.12.2021