Sean P. Bloch


Sean was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM where he attended New Mexico State University and studied history and anthropology. He completed his PhD dissertation “The gaf Daba: Time, Violence, and Development in Mid-Twentieth Century Northeastern Kenya” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. He holds a Master’s in Atlantic history from Florida International University and served in the United States Peace Corps in Tanzania. His publications range across Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Haitian and East African history and his current research interests are in East Africa, the Horn, and the African Diaspora. His most recent publication, “Stasis and Slums: The Changing Temporal, Spatial, and Gendered Meaning of ‘Home’ in Northeastern Kenya” The Journal of African History (forthcoming) looks at how changes in spatial organization, during the so-called “Shifta War” or gaf Daba (1963-68), transformed the economic and cultural realms of Northeastern Kenyans in ways that resonate into the present. Bloch is a fluent Swahili speaker and has worked with refugee families in Denver, CO and consulted for the US Department of Agriculture in Tanzania.   

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African and African American Studies
B.A. New Mexico State University
M.A. Florida International University
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison