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Charles Steinmetz

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 610
Phone: 412.396.1518


Ph.D., African History, West Virginia University
M.A., History, Duquesne University
B.A., History, Pennsylvania State University
  • HIST 151: Shaping of the Modern World
  • HIST 214: Western Civilization II
  • HIST 251: African Hitsory
  • HIST 378: Modern Africa
  • HIST 448W/548: World at War
Research and Presentations


  • Colonial and Post-Colonial East and South Africa
  • African Resistance to Colonial rule
  • World War I in Africa
  • Modern African Conflicts


"The Aulihan Rebellion 1916 and the Fate of Jubaland." Conference paper presented at the 6th Kenya Scholars and Studies Association, 6-7 September 2013, Bowling
Green State University, Bowling Green, OH.

"African Resistance During the East Africa Campaign, 1914-1918." Conference paper presented at the African Studies Association Annual Conference, October 2007, New York.

"Land and Decolonization in Kenya, 1958-1963." Conference paper presented at the African Studies Association Annual Conference, November 2004, New Orleans, LA.

    Awards and Grants
    • West Virginia University, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Rebecca D. and Henry E. Thornburg Doctoral Fellowship (Summer 2009)
    • West Virginia University, History Department Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (Summer 2008)
    • West Virginia University, History Department Dissertation Research Award (Summer 2007)
    • West Virginia University, History Department Research Travel Award (Summer 2007)
    • West Virginia University, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Doctoral Research Grant (Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Summer 2007)

    I specialize in Modern African history, in particular, Colonial and Post-Colonial East and South Africa. My current research examines African resistance to colonial rule during the period of the early Twentieth century, with special reference to Kenya in the First World War era. Although my current research focuses on African resistance, I also have other interests that I plan to develop and explore in the future. The first is the post-colonial African state and the struggle for national identity and legitimacy in the modern world. My second interest is the role of both the United Nations and the African Union in addressing the crises that appear so widespread in Africa today.