Leslie Sabakinu

Position title: TA: History 278 with Professor Sweet

Email: sabakinu@wisc.edu

Advisor: Neil Kodesh

Office: 4268 Mosse Humanities Building
Mailbox: 4079 Mosse Humanities Building
Office Hours: Office Hours By Appointment

Leslie Sabakinu


I am a historian of Central Africa. My interests are primarily in the medical history of Congo. My current project focuses on medical auxiliaries in the Congo during the colonial period. In the past, I have researched on the Belgian Congo’s fight against malaria in Leopoldville (the capital city of Belgian Congo). In addition to African History, I am also interested in gender history, especially the connection between gender and war.


B.A., University of Kinshasa (History)


  • African History

MA Title

  • “Colonial Ambiguities, Postcolonial Frustrations: African Medical Assistants in The Congo, 1936-1963”

Selected Publications

  • Review of Traces of the Future: An Archeology of Medical Sciences in Twenty-First Century Africa by Paul Wenzel Geissler, Guillaume Lachenal. African Studies Review 60, no. 2 (2017): 261–62.
  • Review of Kinshasa: enracinements historiques et horizons culturels by Léon de Saint Moulin. Africa 88, no.3 (2018): 629-630.
  • Review of The Riddle of Malnutrition. The Long Arc of Biomedical and Public Health Interventions in Uganda by Jennifer Tappan, Pending publication.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Central African Studies Association (CASA)
  • African Studies Association

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 105 – Introduction to the History of Africa, Fall 2018
  • History 201 – The Historian’s Craft, Spring 2019
  • Africa 277 – An Introductory Survey, Spring 2018