Steve Fabian


Steve Fabian

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 2007

E315 Thompson Hall
Office Phone: 716/673-3875

Research Interests:

Thematically, I am interested in the development of African identities. The predominant way westerners identify Africans is by ethnic, or "tribal", association which is rooted in rural areas; my aim is to complicate this understanding by investigating ways Africans identified themselves in cities. My research examines how peoples of diverse social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds not only fought, but built bridges with each other creating a new sense of community identity based upon the space in which they live. My book manuscript, Owners of the Town: Reconsidering Identity on the Swahili Coast, 1840s-1960s, which examines these themes is currently under review for publication.


  • "Locating the Local in the Coastal Rebellion of 1888-90" Journal of Eastern African Studies, 7:3, 2013.
  • "East Africa's Gorée: Slave Trade and Slave Tourism in Bagamoyo, Tanzania" Canadian Journal of African Studies, 47:1, 2013.
  • "Journey Out of Darkness? Images of Africa in American Travelogues at the Turn of the Millenium" Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 26:6, 2012.
  • "Ali Hassan Mwinyi" in Emmanuel Akyeampong & Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds., The Dictionary of African Biography Oxford University Press, 2011
  • "Curing the Cancer of the Colony: Bagamoyo, Dar es Salaam and Socioeconomic Struggle in German East Africa, 1860s-1907" International Journal of African Historical Studies (40:3) 2007.

Teaching Interests:

  • HIST 272 Africa to the 1800s
  • HIST 273 Africa Since the 1800s
  • HIST 370 History of South Africa
  • HIST 373 History of African Cities
  • HIST 398 Conflicts and Crises in African History
  • HIST 102 World History Since 1500.

History Department Office

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