Dane Kennedy

Dane Kennedy
Emeritus Faculty
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • Britain
  • Imperialism and Colonialism

Dane Kennedy teaches courses in British imperial, modern British, and world history. He is the author of six books, the most recent being The Imperial History Wars: Debating the British Empire (2018), Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction (2016) and The Last Blank Spaces: Exploring Africa and Australia (2013) and editor or co-editor of three others, including How Empire Shaped Us (2016) and Reinterpreting Exploration: The West in the World (2013). Kennedy was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003-04 and a National Humanities Center Fellowship in 2010-11. He was president of the North American Conference of British Studies from 2011-13. He currently directs the National History Center.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1981


Co-editor (with Antoinette Burton), How Empire Shaped Us. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

Decolonization: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Editor, Reinterpreting Exploration: The West in the World. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

The Last Blank Spaces: Exploring Africa and Australia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013.

Decentering Empire: Britain, India, and the Transcolonial World. Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2006. Co-edited with Durba Ghosh.

The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Britain and Empire, 1880-1945. London: Longman, 2002.

The Magic Mountains: Hill Stations and the British Raj. New York: University of California Press, 1996.

Islands of White: Settler Society and Culture in Kenya and Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1939. Durham: Duke University Press, 1987.


Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History

Classes Taught

HIST 1011: World History, 1500-Present

HIST 3135: Victorian Britain

HIST 3137: British Empire

HIST 3139: 20th-Century Britain

HIST 6128: Europe and the World, 1500-Present

HIST 6135: British Imperialism