Leslie Sabakinu

Email: sabakinu@wisc.edu

Advisor: Neil Kodesh

Leslie Sabakinu headshot


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in African history.

My research interests generally focus on the history of health, medicine, and medical workers in Colonial Africa. My dissertation research examines the roles and experiences of Congolese medical workers who worked in the Front of East Africa, Madagascar, and Burma during the Second World War. I’m interested in how these actors actively participated in a globalized terrain of medical movements, exchanges, practices, and networks. In addition to African History, I am also interested in gender and war history.


M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., University of Kinshasa (History)


  • African History

MA Title

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

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Invisible Actors, Neglected History: Congolese Medical Workers in the Second World War.”

Selected Publications

  • Sabakinu, Leslie. Review of The Riddle of Malnutrition: the long arc of biomedical and public health interventions in Uganda, by Jennifer Tappan. Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute 89, no. 4 (2019): 776-777
  • Sabakinu, Leslie. Review of Kinshasa: enracinements historiques et horizons culturels by Léon de Saint Moulin. Africa 88, no.3 (2018): 629-630
  • Sabakinu, Leslie. 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

Professional Affiliations

  • African Studies Association (ASA)
  • Central African Studies Association (CASA)
  • African Studies Women’s Caucus

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
  • History 278 – Africans in the Americas, 1441-1808, Fall 2021
  • History 279 – Afro-Atlantic Histories and Peoples, 1791-Present, Fall 2019