Judith A. Byfield

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Associate Professor


Cornell University, Ithaca, New York



Mailing Address

September 2013 thru June 2014:
Institute for Advanced Studies
School of Historical Studies
1 Einstein Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540

Permanent address:
Africana Studies & Research Center
Cornell University
310 Triphammer Road
Ithaca, New York 14850 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

September 2013 thru June 2014:
Tel: (609) 734-8114
Fax: (609) 924-8399

Countries of Specialization


Research Interests

My research is primarily on women's social and economic history in Africa
and the Caribbean.

My current project is "The Great Upheaval: The Egba Women's Tax Revolt:
Gender and Nationalist Politics in Nigeria, 1945-1954."

Currently, I am on the editorial board of the Journal of African
History and the Indiana University Press series "Blacks in the Diaspora."

Teaching Interests

I teach general survey courses on Africa and the Caribbean as well as
upper level courses on Nationalism and Decolonization in Africa, Women and
the State in Africa, and Textile Production and Social Use in Africa.


The bluest hands: a social and economic history of women dyers in
Abeokuta (Nigeria), 1890-1940. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann; Oxford:
James Currey, c2002. (263 p.)


nationalism ; decolonization ; women ; state ; textile.