Meredith Terretta

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence



Assistant Professor


University of Ottawa


Mailing Address

Department of History
University of Ottawa
Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East,
9th Floor
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

Phone/Fax Number(s)

613-562-5800, ext. 1302

Countries of Specialization

Cameroon ; Djibouti ; Namibia ; Somalia ; Tanzania ; Togo


2004 ― PhD History, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Interests

African United Nations Trusteeships, Decolonization, and Early Human Rights NGOs, 1948-1973


Nation of outlaws, state of violence : nationalism, Grassfields tradition, and state building in Cameroon. (Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2014)

Petitioning for our rights, fighting for our nation : the history of the Democratic Union of Cameroonian Women, 1949-1960. (Bamenda, Cameroon : Langaa Research & Publishing, 2013)

Cameroonian women, the act of petitioning, and the creation of a popular nationalism, 1949-1960 (Madison: African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004).


“‘We Had Been Fooled into Thinking that the UN Watches over the Entire World.’ Human Rights, UN Trust Territories and Africa’s Decolonization,” Human Rights Quarterly (Johns Hopkins University Press), forthcoming.

Avec Dieudonné Pouhe Pouhe, “Emeutes de la faim et apprentis sorciers : Eléments d’une tradition politique camerounaise après 50 ans d’indépendance et 20 ans d’opposition, » Afroscopie : Revue savante et pluridisciplinaire sur l’Afrique et les communautés noires (Paris : L’Harmattan) No. 2, January 2012.

“Cameroonian Nationalists Go Global: From the Forest Maquis to a Pan-African Accra,” Journal of African History, 51.2 (2010): 189-212.

“Chiefs, Traitors, and Representatives: The Construction of a Political Repertoire in Independence-Era Cameroun,” International Journal of African Historical Studies, 43.2 (2010): 227-58.


Nationalism ; Post-colonialism ; Human Rights ; Decolonization ; United Nations