Prof. Alan Cobley


Prof. Alan Cobley
Title: Professor of South African and Comparative History
Department: History
Discipline: History
Qualifications: BA Hons (Manc), MA (York), PhD (SOAS)

Professor Cobley is currently on leave from the Department of History and Philosophy.


Teaching Areas: South African History
Biography: Born in the UK, Alan Cobley studied at the Universities of Manchester and York before completing his doctorate in African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He has served the UWI in a wide variety of capacities, including terms as Acting Head of the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, Head of the Department of History and Director of the School of Education. He also served seven years as Deputy Dean, and five as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education. His current administrative responsibilities include serving as Campus Coordinator for Graduate Studies and Research at Cave Hill. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cave Hill School of Business and the Board of Codrington College. Professor Cobley teaches courses on aspects of South African and European history, and on the History of Imperialism. He has published extensively on aspects of South African and Caribbean History.
  • Social & Cultural History of Southern Africa;
  • Comparative History of Southern Africa and the Caribbean
Publications: Books:
  • Class and Consciousness: The Black Petty Bourgeoisie in South Africa, 1924 to 1950 (Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies Number 127, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 1990);
  • (ed. with Alvin Thompson), The African-Caribbean Connection: Historical and Cultural Perspectives (Department of History,University of the West Indies, Barbados, 1992);
  • (ed.), Crossroads of Empire: The Europe-Caribbean Connection 1492-1992 (Department of History, University of the West Indies, Barbados, 1994);
  • The Rules of the Game: Struggles in Black Recreation and Social Welfare Policy in South Africa (Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies Number 182, Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 1997);
  • (ed. with Glenford Howe), The Caribbean Aids Epidemic (University of the West Indies Press, Kingston, Jamaica, 2000);
  • (ed. with Eudine Barriteau), Stronger, Surer, Bolder. Ruth Nita Barrow: Social Change and International Development (University of the West Indies Press, Kingston, Jamaica, 2001);
  • (ed. with Henry Fraser, Michael Gill and Woodville Marshall), UWI Cave Hill. Forty Years: A Celebration (University of the West Indies Press, Kingston, Jamaica, 2003);
  • (ed, with Eudine Barriteau), Enjoying Power: Eugenia Charles and Political Leadership in the Commonwealth Caribbean (University of the West Indies Press, Kingston, Jamaica, December 2006).
Recent Articles and Book Chapters:
  • "That Turbulent Soil: Seafarers, the "Black Atlantic" and Afro-Caribbean Identity", Chapter 9 in J. Bentley, R. Bridenthal and K√§ren Wigen (eds), Seascapes: Maritime Histories, Littoral Cultures, and Transoceanic Exchanges (University of Hawai’i Press, Honolulu, 2007), pp. 153-168;
  • "Returning to the Caribbean by way of Africa": African Studies in the Caribbean in Historical Perspective', Chapter 12 in Paul Tiyambe Zeleza (ed.), The Study of Africa: Volume 2: Global and Transnational Engagements (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Dakar, Senegal, 2007), pp.277-294;
  • 'Kuzwayo, Ellen&rsquo', 500-wd entry published in Iris Berger (General Editor), Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History (Oxford University Press, New York, Jan 2008);
  • "Changes in Metropolitan Opinion on the Atlantic Slave Trade", Journal of Caribbean History 42, 1 (2008), pp. 91–110;
  • "The Caribbean", Chapter 24 in S.W. Pope and John Nauright(eds), Routledge Companion to the History of Sport (Routledge, London, 2010), pp.375-390;
  • "Why Not All Go Up Higher?" The Transvaal Native Mine Clerks' Association, 1920-1925, South African Historical Journal 62, 1(2010), pp.143-161.

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