Lindsay Ehrisman

Position title: History Lab Coordinator


Advisor: Neil Kodesh

Lindsay Ehrisman


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in African history. My dissertation research explores the interconnected histories of intimacy and health in precolonial Uganda. My broader research interests include early African history, gender, sexuality, affect, and health and healing in sub-Saharan Africa. My work on gender, intimacy, identity, and health in Uganda and Ghana has appeared in the Journal of West African History, History in Africa, and the edited volume Strings Attached: AIDS and the Rise of Transnational Connections in Africa (London: Oxford University Press, 2014).


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., San Francisco State University
B.A., San Francisco State University


  • African History

MA Title

  • “Intimate Bonds, Healthy Communities: Blood-Covenants as Technologies of Community Building Between the Great Lakes, c. 500 BCE-1500 CE”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Therapeutic Intimacy, Affective Medicine: Forging Bonds of Affection, Knowledge, and Power in Uganda’s Distant Past”

Professional Affiliations

  • African Studies Association

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 277: “Introduction to Africa Survey” (Fall 2017)
  • History 277: “Introduction to Africa Survey” (online course development) (Fall 2019-Spring 2020)