Emily Callaci

Associate Professor of History



Office: 5125 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5028 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-3:00

Emily Callaci


I am an historian of modern Africa. My interests include urban history, popular culture, gender, sexuality and reproductive politics. My first book, Street Archives and City Life: Popular Intellectuals in Postcolonial Tanzania, explores urban migration and cultural politics in the city of Dar es Salaam during Tanzania’s socialist era, from 1967 through 1985. During those years, Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere launched a campaign to relocate citizens into collective rural villages as the central policy of African socialism, or “Ujamaa.” Despite official policies, youth from throughout East Africa made their lives in Tanzania’s largest city of Dar es Salaam during the socialist era.  Drawing together a range of unconventional sources, or “street archives,” my book reveals a world of cultural innovation, literary production, and the elaboration of a distinctly urban subjectivity among migrants and refugees in Dar es Salaam.

More recently, I have turned my attention to the global history of reproductive technology. I am currently working on a book about the history of family planning and contraception in twentieth century Africa.


Ph.D., Northwestern University
M.A., Northwestern University
B.A., Kenyon College


Selected Publications

  • “Injectable Development:” Depo-Provera and the Mapping of the Global South,” Radical History Review 131, (May 2018).
  • “Street Textuality: Socialism, Masculinity and Urban Belonging in Tanzania’s Pulp Fiction Publishing Industry, 1975-1985,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 59: 1 (2017).
  • “‘Chief Village in a Nation of Villages’: History, Race and Authority in Tanzania’s Dodoma Plan”, (forthcoming, Urban History, 2015).
  • “Dancehall Politics: Mobility, Sexuality, and Spectacles of Racial Respectability in Late Colonial Tanganyika, 1930s-1961,” The Journal of African History, 52:3, (2011).

Selected Awards

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 2018
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2015-16
  • UW Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities Residential Fellowship, 2015-16
  • UW Madison Center for the Humanities First Book Award, 2013-2014
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, 2008-2009
  • U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 2006-2011
  • Graduate Research Grant, The Graduate School, Northwestern University, 2007 and 2010

Advisor To

History Courses

  • History 105 – Africa Since 1940 – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 201 – The Historians Craft: History of Humanitarianism – Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
  • History 225 – Globalization and the African City – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History 283 – Gender, Sexuality and the Making of the Self in Modern Africa – Syllabus 2012 (pdf)
  • History 500 – The Pill and the World: Family Planning, Population Control and Feminism in World History – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History 600 – Decolonization and African Nationalism – Syllabus 2013 (pdf)
  • History 705 – Historical Approaches to Race and Reproduction
  • History 861 – Historical Approaches to the Twentieth Century African City
  • History 861 – The African Postcolony