Cécile Bushidi

BA, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

Photo of Dr Cécile Bushidi, Newby Trust Research Fellow

College Jobs

  • Newby Trust Junior Research Fellow
  • Assistant Graduate Tutor


Email: cfb39@cam.ac.uk

Photo of Dr Cécile Bushidi, Newby Trust Research Fellow


Cécile is an artist and an early career scholar in the arts and humanities. She is currently a Newby Trust junior research fellow at Newnham College. Previously, she held the Isobel Thornley Bequest at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. She received a Ph.D in History from SOAS, an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA in History and African Studies from SOAS. She is presently working on a monograph entitled Dance, Culture and Politics in Central Kenya, 1880s-1963.

Research Interests

I am a historian of modern Africa, 1800s-1970s. My research interests lie in:

  • Society, culture and the state in Africa
  • Africa in global history
  • Affect and self-reflexivity in the history of Africa
  • The body
  • Dance history and historiography
  • Performance theory