Marcia Wright

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Professor Emerita of History


Columbia University, New York, New York


Mailing Address

Columbia University
505 Fayerweather Hall
1180 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10027 USA

Countries of Specialization

South-Africa, Tanzania, Zambia


B.A. from Wellesley in 1957 and her Ph.D. from University of London in 1966.

Research Interests

Currently conducting research on the history of public health in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Teaching Interests

Taught history at Columbia University from 1966 to 2008.



Strategies of Slaves & Women: Life-Stories from East/Central Africa
(New York: Lillian Barber, 1993)

German Missions in Tanganyika, 1891-1941 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971)

Co-edited books:

With Margaret Jean Hay.
African Women and the Law: Historical Perspectives (Boston: Boston
University, 1982)

With Zena Stein & Jean Scandlyn.
Women's Health and Apartheid : the Health of Women and Children and the
Future of Progressive Primary Health Care in Southern Africa (New York:
Columbia University Press, 1988)

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Life and Technology in Everyday Life: Reflections on the Career of a
Master Smelter in Ufipa, Tanzania," Journal of African Cultural Studies,
15/1 (2002)

"An Old Nationalist in New Nationalist Times: Donald Siwale
and the State in Zambia: 1948-1963," Journal of Southern African Studies,
23/2 (1997)

"Maji Maji: Prophecy & Historiography," in Revealing Prophets:
Prophecy in Eastern African History, edited by David Anderson &
Douglas H. Johnson (London: James Currey, 1995)

"Autobiographies, histoires de vie et biographies de femmes africaines:
des textes militants," Cahiers d'Etudes Africaines, 28/109 (1988)

"Tambalika: Perspectives on a Colonial Magistrate in Central Africa,"
African Affairs, 85 (Jan 1986)

"Technology, Marriage and Women's Work in the History of Maize-Growers in
Mazabuka, Zambia: A Reconnaissance," Journal of Southern African Studies,
10 (Oct 1983)


African history ; public health ; KwaZulu-Natal ; East Africa ; Central Africa.