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Gish, Steven

TitleDistinguished Research Professor
DepartmentHistory & World Languages & Cultures
Office Location342 Liberal Arts


Originally from Iowa, Dr. Steven Gish joined the Department of History in 1997. He specializes in Sub-Saharan African history and conducts research on modern South African history. Among his publications are Cultures of the World - Ethiopia (Marshall Cavendish, 1996; 2nd edition, 2007) and Alfred B. Xuma: African, American, South African (New York University Press and Macmillan, 2000; South African History Online, 2012). He also wrote Desmond Tutu: A Biography (Greenwood Press, 2004; paperback edition, 2008). He is currently working on a book dealing with the 1993 murder of Amy Biehl, a young American Fulbright scholar who was killed in the Gugulethu township of South Africa where she worked with anti-apartheid groups.

EducationB.A., history, Northwestern University
M.A., history, Stanford University
Ph.D., history, Stanford University