University of Wisconsin–Madison

Neil Kodesh

Faculty Director

kodesh@wisc.edu

608.262.2380

Neil Kodesh

Neil Kodesh is a historian of precolonial East Africa with a particular emphasis on the Great Lakes region. His research and teaching interests center on health and healing, historical anthropology, and methodologies for writing early African history. His first book, Beyond the Royal Gaze: Clanship and Public Healing in Buganda, won the Melville Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association. Kodesh’s current project examines the history of medical pluralism in the Great Lakes region from ca. 1000-1940. His research and teaching interests center on health and healing, historical anthropology, and methodologies for writing early African history. Kodesh also serves as an editor of the UW Press book series, Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture.