• Liz Timbs is an assistant professor of history whose teaching focuses on African, digital, and public history. Her own research focuses on the intersections of age, gender, and ethnicity in identity formation among Zulu-speakers in South Africa. Her current book project, entitled The Regiments, reconstructs how Zulu amabutho (age-grades, regiments) shaped male youth socialization for the past two centuries in South Africa. Her work has appeared in African Studies, the Journal of Southern Africa Studies, the South African Historical Journal, and the Journal of Natal and Zulu History. Prior to her appointment at UNCW, Prof. Timbs held a postdoctoral teaching fellowship in African History at North Carolina State University. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Belmont University, her M.A. in Comparative World History from George Mason University, and her Ph.D. in African History from Michigan State University.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2021-01-01 “Roundtable: King Zwelithini and the HistoriansSouth African Historical Journal.  73:533-544. 2021-01-01
    2019-01-01 The Izichwe Youth Football Club: Youth, Sport and Masculine Respectability in Pietermaritzburg, South AfricaJournal of Southern African Studies.  45:963-980. 2019-01-01
    2018-01-01 An In(ter)ventionof Tradition: The Revival of Medical Male Circumcision in KwaZulu-Natal, 2009-2016Journal of Natal and Zulu History.  32:55-77. 2018-01-01


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    2021-04-01 The king is deadhttps://africasacountry.com/2021-04-01
    2021-03-01 South African history through new earsafricaisacontry.com2021-03-01
    2020-07-01 Independence Dayafricasacountry.com2020-07-01
    2020-05-01 Dear David ChangAfricaisacountry.com2020-05-01
    2020-05-01 Mandela and the OthersAfricaisacountry.com2020-05-01
    2019-10-01 Multimodal memories: an interview with Zuhair Mehraliafricaisacountry.com2019-10-01
    2019-06-01 I, Suryaafricaisacountry.com2019-06-01
    2018-12-01 The emperor has no clothesafricaisacountry.com2018-12-01
    2018-05-01 Hamba kahle, LuyandaFOOTBALL IS COMING HOME2018-05-01
    2018-04-01 Set the world on fire: an interview with Keisha Blainafricaisacountry.com2018-04-01
    2018-03-01 Struggle On, Luyanda NtshangaseFOOTBALL IS COMING HOME2018-03-01
    2017-12-01 The rise and fall of Mangosuthu Butheleziafricaisacountry.com2017-12-01
    2017-09-01 Unequal Sceneshttps://africasacountry.com/2017-09-01
    2017-05-01 The Archive of Malian Photographyafricasacountry.com2017-05-01
    2017-04-01 Flood the soundscape Africanafricasacountry.com2017-04-01
    2017-04-01 The podcast for African Hip Hopafricasacountry.com2017-04-01
    2016-06-01 Capturing Nigerian histories before they disappearafricasacountry.com2016-06-01
    2016-05-01 History, memory, and the nationafricasacountry.com2016-05-01
    2015-12-01 A Cartographic Narrativeafricasacountry.com2015-12-01
    2015-10-01 Cowries and Riceafricaisacountry.com2015-10-01
    2015-10-01 The Community Video Education Trustafricasacountry.com2015-10-01
    2015-10-01 The Memory Boxafricaisacountry.com2015-10-01
    2015-09-01 The vibrant lives of old Claremontafricaisacountry.com2015-09-01
    2015-05-01 African poets for Africaafricaisacountry.com2015-05-01
    2015-04-01 Digital Matatusafricaisacountry.com2015-04-01
    2015-04-01 Nigerian Nostalgiaafricaisacountry.com2015-04-01
    2015-03-01 Digitizing Fergusonafricaisacountry.com2015-03-01
    2015-03-01 The Queering Slavery Working Groupafricaisacountry.com2015-03-01
    2015-02-01 A Social History of the Gambiaafricaisacountry.com2015-02-01
    2015-02-01 The African Rock Art Digital Archiveafricaisacountry.com2015-02-01
    2015-01-01 African Activist Archiveafricaisacountry.com2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 African Hip Hopafricaisacountry.com2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 The Winterton Collectionafricaisacountry.com2015-01-01
    2015-01-01 World War I in Africaafricaisacountry.com2015-01-01
    2014-12-01 Slave Biographiesafricaisacountry.com2014-12-01
    2014-12-01 The African Sources of Knowledge Digital Libraryafricaisacountry.com2014-12-01
    2014-12-01 Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Databaseafricaisacountry.com2014-12-01
    2014-11-01 Africa Cartoonsafricaisacountry.com2014-11-01
    2014-11-01 Africa Through a Lensafricaisacountry.com2014-11-01
    2014-11-01 The Digital Mandelaafricaisacountry.com2014-11-01
    2014-10-01 The Afrobarometerafricaisacountry.com2014-10-01
    2014-08-01 Shaking Things Up in South African Football?FOOTBALL IS COMING HOME2014-08-01
    2014-05-01 Imbiza: A Digital Archive of the 2010 World CupFOOTBALL IS COMING HOME2014-05-01
    2014-01-01 South African Football’s “Crisis of Monumental Proportions”FOOTBALL IS COMING HOME2014-01-01


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    2022-01-01 Book Review: The Past, Present and Future of African OperaJournal of African History. 131-133. 2022-01-01


    Full Name

  • Elizabeth Hope Timbs