Benedetta Rossi is a historian and anthropologist of Africa. Her work focuses on twentieth century African and global labor history, environmental history, slavery and other forms of unfreedom, migration, planned development aid, gender and sexuality. Benedetta is working on her second book project, Slavery and Freedom in Twentieth Century Africa, contracted with Cambridge University Press (New Approaches to African History Series). She is associate editor for a forthcoming World History of Slavery (Histoire mondiale de l’esclavage published by Seuil, main editor: Paulin Ismard) and a forthcoming Encyclopaedia of African Slavery, the Slave Trade and the Diaspora for the on-line Oxford Research Encyclopaedia (main editor: Martin Klein). Benedetta is Reader in African Studies and Departmental Head of Postgraduate Studies at the School of History and Cultures of the University of Birmingham (UK).
Benedetta’s first book, From Slavery to Aid: Politics, Labour, and Ecology in the Nigerien Sahel, 1800-2000 (Cambridge University Press 2015, African Studies Series) was a finalist for the 2016 Melville J. Herskovits Award awarded by the African Studies Association (USA) and for the 2016 Fage and Oliver Prize awarded by the African Studies Association (UK). She is the editor of Reconfiguring Slavery: West African Trajectories (Liverpool University Press, second paperback edition 2016) and co-editor with Anne Haour of Being and Becoming Hausa: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Brill, 2010). She is presently co-editing with Toby Green Landscapes, Sources, and Intellectual Projects in West African History (forthcoming, Brill 2018). She is Reviews Editor for the Journal of Global Slavery and serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of African Economic History and African Studies Review (journal of the African Studies Association, US).
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