Current Institutional Affiliation
Professor, History, Harvard University

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 1998
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
History, Harvard University
Detention Camps and the Rehabilitation Process during the Mau Mau Emergency: The Crisis of Late Colonial Kenya

This dissertation will focus upon the British Colonial Policy of detention and rehabilitation in Kenya during the Mau Mau Emergency and the effects that this campaign for imprisonment and social engineering had upon the Kikuyu men and women who passed through the process. I propose to go to Kenya for nine months to research the principal question that my dissertation will address: to what degree did the ideological formulation by the British of the system of detention and rehabilitation during the Mau Mau Emergency actually effect the process of implementation? A central argument of my work will emphasize the considerable gap that existed between the British vision of the detention and rehabilitation system and the actual system that evolved in Kenya.