• 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 . , Presented, 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. , Presented, 2021.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Africa


  • David Bresnahan (date unknown). Forest Imageries and Political Practice in Colonial Coastal Kenya. Journal of Eastern African Studies. Vol. 12, 655-673. Accepted, .
  • David Bresnahan (date unknown). Greatness is Like a Rubbish Hole: Social Frictions and Global Connections in the Early Swahili World. Journal of World History. Vol. 31, 361-390. Accepted, .
  • David Bresnahan (date unknown). Short Teaching Module: Precolonial Kenya, a Small-Scale History. World History Commons. Accepted, .