Neil Kodesh


Ph.D., Northwestern University;
M.A., Northwestern University;
B.A., Pomona College

Departments & Organizations

Department of History, College of Letters and Science

Research Focus

Health and healing, historical anthropology, methodologies for writing early African history


Neil Kodesh is faculty director of the African Studies Program. He is a historian of precolonial East Africa with a particular emphasis on the Great Lakes region. His research and teaching interests center on health and healing, historical anthropology and methodologies for writing early African history.

His first book, “Beyond the Royal Gaze: Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda,” won the Melville Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association. His current project examines the history of medical pluralism in the Great Lakes region from ca. 1000-1940. Kodesh also serves as an editor of the UW Press book series, Africa and the Diaspora: History.