James R. Brennan

Assistant Professor

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Dr. James R. Brennan is an Assistant Professor of History and Assistant Professor of African Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His areas of specialization include urbanization, political thought, and media in east Africa, history of decolonization, and history of the Indian Ocean. His research focus is Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Political History of Tanzania and Kenya. Brennan received his B.A. from the University of Illinois 1991, his M.A. from the University of Alabama in 1994, and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2002.

Dr. Brennan is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, 2012-2015, from ACLS.

He is currently serving as the Co-Editor of the Journal of Eastern African Studies.He is the author of Taifa: Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania, Ohio University Press (2012).