• Assistant Professor, History


  • “Slavery in Translation: Tracing Concepts of Marginality and Belonging between Lake Malawi and Mombasa in the first Nyanja Dictionary,” Archive and Public Culture Research Lab, University of Cape Town . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/30/2021.
  • “Enslavement in Translation: A Nyanja Dictionary and a Microhistory of Slavery Between Lake Malawi and the Swahili Coast,” Rocky Mountain Workshop on African History. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/20/2021.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Africa
  • Eastern Africa
  • Kenya
  • United Republic of Tanzania


  • David Bresnahan (2024). Inland from Mombasa: East Africa and the Making of the Indian Ocean World. University of California Press. Accepted, 01/30/2024.
  • David Bresnahan (2023). In Mombasa They Are ‘Like Prisoners’ to the Mijikenda: Martiality, Trade, and Inland Influences on a Swahili Port City. Vol. Making Martial Races, Ohio University Press. Published, 12/01/2023.
  • David Bresnahan (2022). Short Teaching Module: Precolonial Kenya, a Small-Scale History. World History Commons. Published, 01/21/2022.
  • David Bresnahan (2020). Greatness is Like a Rubbish Hole: Social Frictions and Global Connections in the Early Swahili World. Journal of World History. Vol. 31, 361-390. Published, 06/10/2020.
  • David Bresnahan (2018). Forest Imageries and Political Practice in Colonial Coastal Kenya. Journal of Eastern African Studies. Vol. 12, 655-673. Published, 09/24/2018.