Catherine Higgs

Education

BA (Hons) Queen's University, Kingston
MPhil Yale University
PhD Yale University

Catherine Higgs earned her PhD in modern African history at Yale University. Her scholarship has focused on the intersections of religion, politics, labor and activism; her approach is interdisciplinary and transnational. She is the author of The Ghost of Equality, about a noted black African political activist, and of Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa. She is co-editor of Stepping Forward: Black Women in Africa and the Americas. She is writing a book about the anti-apartheid activism of Catholic sisters in South Africa which considers whether and how small actions can shift national policy.

Her research has been funded by the National Humanities Center, the American Philosophical Society, the Luso-American Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Before joining the University of British Columbia, she taught at the University of Tennessee, the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She teaches about Africa, Southern Africa, and the Atlantic World; newer courses focus on commodities, markets, labor and public policy, including China’s investment in Africa.

 

Publications

* Indicates a peer-reviewed publication

Year Publication
2019*
“Africa South of the Sahara.” In The Oxford Handbook of Christian Monasticism, edited by Bernice Kaczynski. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
2017*
“Ruth First: The Obligation to Dissent.” In African Muckraking, edited by Anya Schiffrin with George Lugalambi.3-10. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.
2017*
“Sol Plaatje: ‘All we claim is our just dues.” In African Muckraking, edited by Anya Schiffrin with George Lugalmabi. 52-60. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.
2014a*
"Happiness and Work: Portuguese Peasants, British Laborers, African Contract Workers, and the Case of São Tomé and Príncipe, 1901-1909." International Labor and Working Class History 86 (Fall): 55-71. Special issue on African Labor Histories, edited by Franco Barchiesi and Stefano Belluci.
2014b*
“Henry Woodd Nevinson: Part VI—The Islands of Doom (1906) from Harper’s Monthly Magazine.” Introduced by Catherine Higgs. In Colonial Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism, edited by Anya Schiffrin. 33-39. New York: New Press, 2014.
2012a*
“The Cabra Dominican Sisters and the ‘Open Schools’ Movement in Apartheid South Africa.” With Margaret Kelly, OP. International Studies in Catholic Education 4 1 (March): 4-15.
2012b*

Chocolate Islands: Cocoa, Slavery, and Colonial Africa. Athens: Ohio University Press. First paperback edition, 2013. (230 p. + xvi)

Reviewed in: Agricultural History, vol. 88, no. 4 (2014); African Affairs, vol. 113, no. 450 (2014); Enterprise and Society, vol. 15, no. 1 (2014); International Journal of African Historical Studies, vol. 46, no. 2 (2013); Journal of African History, vol. 54, no. 2 (2013); H-net.org/reviews (H-Luso Africa, August 2013); London Review of Books, vol. 35 no. 7 (April 11, 2013); Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (January 2013); Library Journal (November 2012); Book News (October 2012); Book List (August 1, 2012).

2011a*
“Silence, Disobedience, and African Catholic Sisters in Apartheid South Africa.” African Studies Review 54 2 (September): 1-22.
2011b
“Jabavu, Davidson Don Tengo” and “Jabavu, John Tengo.” In The Dictionary of African Biography, edited by Emmanuel K. Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. New York: Oxford University Press.
2008*
“Embracing Activism in Apartheid South Africa: The Sisters of Mercy in Bophuthatswana, 1974-1994.” With Jean N. Evans, RSM. The Catholic Historical Review 94 3 (July): 500-521.
2004a*
“Zenzele: African Women’s Self-Help Organizations in South Africa, 1927-1998.” African Studies Review 47 3 (December): 119-141.
2004b
“Drugs, Sex and HIV/Aids in Contemporary South Africa.” African Studies Review 47 2 (September): 124-130.
2002a*

Stepping Forward: Black Women in Africa and the Americas, edited by Catherine Higgs, Barbara A. Moss and Earline Rae Ferguson. Athens: Ohio University Press. (331 p. + xxiii)

Reviewed in: International Journal of African Historical Studies, vol. 38, no. 1 (2005): 132-134; African Studies Review, vol. 46, no. 3 (2003): 193-194.

2002b*
“Helping Ourselves: Black Women and Grassroots Activism in Segregated South Africa, 1922-1952.” In Stepping Forward: Black Women in Africa and the Americas, edited by Catherine Higgs, Barbara A. Moss and Earline Rae Ferguson. 59-72. Athens: Ohio University Press.
2002c*
“Introduction.” With Barbara A. Moss. In Stepping Forward: Black Women in Africa and the Americas, edited by Catherine Higgs, Barbara A. Moss and Earline Rae Ferguson. xiii-xxiii. Athens: Ohio University Press.
2001
“A Christian, Civilized Man: D.D.T. Jabavu of South Africa.” In Agency and Action in Colonial Africa: Essays for John Flint, edited by Chris Youé and Tim Stapleton. 100-125. New York: Palgrave.
2000
“Travel with a Purpose: A South African at Tuskegee, 1913." The Journal of African Travel-Writing 8/9: 126-132.
1998
“Full Circle: Sol Plaatje, Anton Lembede, Mamphela Ramphele and the Struggle for Civil Rights in South Africa.” Canadian Journal of African Studies 32 2: 380-389.
1997*

The Ghost of Equality: The Public Lives of D.D.T. Jabavu of South Africa, 1885-1959. Athens: Ohio University Press; Cape Town & Johannesburg: David Philip; University of the Western Cape: Mayibuye Books. (276 p. + xiii)

Reviewed in: Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, vol. 70, no. 1 (2000); American Historical Review vol. 104, no. 1 (1999) International Journal of African Historical Studies, vol. 31, no. 3 (1998); African History, vol. 39 (1998); Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), vol. 68, no. 3 (1998); Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (July 1997); African Studies Quarterly (online [1997]); Mail and Guardian (South Africa), May 1-8, 1997.

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Dr. Catherine Higgs
Professor/Department Head
University of British Columbia
3333 University Way
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1V 1V7

Office: ARTS 314
Phone: 250.807.9978
Email: catherine.higgs@ubc.ca