Ph.D., African History, Columbia University, 1996
M.I.A., International Affairs, Columbia University, 1984
B.A., History and Political Science, Montclair State University, 1979
Margot Lovett joined the faculty of Saddleback College in 1997. A social historian by training, her academic area of specialization is African History. Her research has focused on 20th century gender and labor history in an area of present-day western Tanzania. She is particularly interested in understanding how individuals in a colonial situation negotiate relations of power that cut across lines of gender, class, and generation.
Professor Lovett currently is the Chair of the History Department. She also teaches classes in the Honors Program and in the Women's and Gender Studies department.
"'She Thinks She's Like a Man': Marriage and (de)Constructing Gender Identity in Colonial Buha, Western Tanzania, 1943-1960," in Dorothy Hodgson and Sheryl McCurdy, eds., wicked Women and the Reconfiguration of Gender in Africa (Westport, CT: Heinemann, 2001)
"From Sisters to Wives and 'Slaves': Redefining Matriliny and the Lives of Lakeside Tonga Women 1885-1955," Critique of Anthropology, Vol. 17, No. 2 (1997) 171-187.
"On Power and Powerlessness: Marriage and Political Metaphor in Colonial Western Tanzania" International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2 (1994) 273-301.
"Gender Relations, Class Formation, and the Colonial State in Africa," in Jane Parpart and Sharon Stichter, eds., Women and the State in Africa (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1990) 23-46.
Hist 5 - World History Since 1750
Hist/ PS 80 - Introduction to Contemporary Africa
Anth 21 - Women, Gender, and Culture - Cross-Cultural Perspectives (team-taught with Claire Cesareo)
HUM 10A - Culture, Science & Society I: Power, Resistance, and Empire
HUM 10B - Culture, Science & Society II: Power, Resistance, and the Transformation of Empire
WS 10 - Introduction to Women's Studies
WS 31 - Gender and Popular Culture
Awards, Grants and Fellowships
Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (1989)
MacArthur Fellowship in Peace, Conflict, and Security (1988)
Columbia University Presidential Fellowship (1985-87)
Columbia University Institute of African Studies Graduate Research Assistantship (1984-5)