Chris Vaughan works on twentieth century African history. Published research to date has focused on the period of British rule in Darfur, western Sudan between 1916 and 1956. This work has engaged with debates about the character of the colonial state in Africa, colonial violence, the authority of local chiefs, and the dynamics of African borderlands. These themes are explored in his monograph, Darfur: Colonial violence, Sultanic legacies and local politics, 1916-1956 (James Currey: 2015).
His current research has turned to the politics of independence on East Africa, and especially the question of regional unity in the 1960s and 70s. This work is funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme and is conducted in collaboration with Dr Emma Hunter at the University of Edinburgh and Dr Gerard McCann at the University of York.
Chris would be happy to supervise research students working on twentieth century African history, especially eastern African history.
Lecturer in African History, Humanities and Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present
Lecturer in African History, History, Durham University, 2012 - 2014
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. 'Reinventing the wheel? Local government and neo-traditional authority in late colonial northern Sudan International Journal of African Historical Studies, 43 :255-278
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
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 C, MacArthur J, Hunter E, McCann G. Thinking East African: Debating regionalism and federation, 1950-1977 Gerits F, Grilli M. Visions of African Unity Palgrave
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