Margot Lovett

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Saddleback College

, African History, Columbia University
M.I.A., International Affairs, Columbia University
B.A., History and Political Science, Montclair State University

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 Co-Chair of the Gender and Sexuality 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.

Courses Taught:
Anth 21 - Women, Gender, and Culture - Cross-Cultural Perspectives (team-taught with Claire Cesareo)
Hist/ PS 80 - Introduction to Contemporary Africa
HON 13H - CSS I - Power, Resistance, and Empire
HON 14H - CSS II: Power, Resistance, and the Transformation of Empire
GSS 10 - Introduction to Women's Studies and GSS 10H - Honors Introduction to Women's Studies
GSS11H - Honors Introduction to Feminist Theory
GSS 31 - Gender and Popular Culture

Awards, Grants and Fellowships
Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship

MacArthur Fellowship in Peace, Conflict, and Security

Columbia University Presidential Fellowship 

Columbia University Institute of African Studies Graduate Research Assistantship