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Professor David Maxwell

Professor David Maxwell

On Leave 2016-18

Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History


I studied for my BA in History at Manchester University.  This was followed by 3 years teaching in a rural secondary school in Manicaland, Zimbabwe before returning to St Antony’s College, Oxford to take a D. Phil in African History.  After a Fellowship in the Social Anthropology Department at Manchester University I was appointed Lecturer in International History at Keele University in 1994.  I was made Professor of African History at Keele in 2007 before joining the History Faculty in Cambridge.

I have held Visiting Fellowships/Residencies at the University of Western Australia, Basel University, Switzerland and the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Italy.  I have also been Honorary Fellow at the University of Zimbabwe; Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and the Département des Sciences Historiques, University of Lubumbashi, DRC.  I have been awarded major reseach grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (x2) and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

Departments and Institutes

Emmanuel College:
Professorial Fellow; Director of Studies in History
Centre of African Studies:
MPhil Supervisor
Faculty of History:
Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History