Dr Christopher Vaughan

Humanities and Social Science

I am a historian of twentieth century Africa, and Co-Director of the LJMU Centre for Modern and Contemporary History. Currently, I am Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded research project, 'Regionalism in East Africa, c. 1900-present'. This interdisciplinary history and politics project will run between 2020 and 2023, and is conducted in collaboration with Dr Alden Young (UCLA) and Dr Frank Gerits (Utrecht University). Dr Peter O'Reilly is Research Associate on this project, based at LJMU. The project aims to provide the first comprehensive study of regionalism as a formal political and economic project in East Africa across both colonial and post-colonial periods. It builds on earlier British Academy funded research on the same theme (see publication profile for outputs from this pilot project).

My earlier research focused on colonial rule in Darfur, western Sudan, and contributed to debates on colonial violence, the dynamics of borderland regions in Africa, and the character of African chieftaincy.

I would be happy to supervise research students working on twentieth century African history, especially eastern African history. To date I have supervised completed projects on British-South African relations and the Congo Reform Association; and am currently supervising a project on the culture of political journalism in Zambia. I am currently PGR Co-Ordinator for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2020 I was awarded an Individual Teaching Excellence Award at LJMU.

Academic appointments

Reader in African History, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2020 - present
Lecturer in African History, Humanities and Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - 2020
Lecturer in African History, History, Durham University, 2012 - 2014

Journal article

Ndawana Y, Knowles J, Vaughan C. 2021. The Historicity of Media Regulation in Zambia; Examining the Proposed Statutory Self-Regulation AFRICAN JOURNALISM STUDIES, 42 :59-76 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Vaughan CM. 2018. The politics of regionalism and federation in East Africa, 1958-1964 The Historical Journal, 62 :519-540 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Vaughan CM. 2014. ‘Demonstrating the Machine Guns’: Rebellion, Violence and State Formation in Early Colonial Darfur The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 42 :286-307 DOI

Vaughan CM. 2013. Violence and Regulation in the Darfur-Chad Borderland c. 1909-1956: Policing a Colonial Boundary Journal of African History, 54 :177-198 DOI Author Url

Vaughan CM. 'Reinventing the wheel? Local government and neo-traditional authority in late colonial northern Sudan International Journal of African Historical Studies, 43 :255-278


Vaughan C, MacArthur J, Hunter E, McCann G. 2021. Thinking East African: Debating regionalism and federation, 1950-1977 Gerits F, Grilli M. Visions of African Unity Palgrave

Leonardi C, Vaughan C. 2016. "We are oppressed and our only way is to write to higher authority": The politics of claim and complaint in the peripheries of Condominium Sudan Hunter E. Citizenship, Belonging and Political Community in Africa: Dialogues between Past and Present :74-100 Ohio University Press. Athens 978-0-8214-2257-1 Publisher Url

Vaughan CM. 2013. The Rizeigat-Malual borderland during the Condominium: the limits of legibility Vaughan C, De Vries L, Schomerus M. The Borderlands of South Sudan Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives Palgrave Macmillan 9781137340894


Vaughan CM. 2015. Darfur: Colonial violence, Sultanic legacies and local politics, 1916-1956 James Currey 978-1847011114

Vaughan C, Schomerus M, Vries LD. 2013. The Borderlands of South Sudan Authority and Identity in Contemporary and Historical Perspectives Palgrave Macmillan 9781137340894