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Pamela ScullyVice Provost - Undergraduate AffairsProfessor - WGSS and African Studies

Pamela Scully is Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Professor of African Studies, and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at Emory University. She has her Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan.

Her research interests focus on comparative women's and gender history. Her latest book is Writing Transnational History co-authored with Professor Fiona Paisley (Bloomsbury Academic UK  2019). Other books include Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Ohio University Press, 2016); Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: a Ghost Story and a Biography, co-authored with Clifton Crais (Princeton, 2009, 2010); Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World (Duke University Press 2005), co-edited with Diana Paton, and Liberating the Family? Gender and British Slave Emancipation in the Rural Western Cape, South Africa, 1823-1853 (Heinemann, 1997). She is also the author of the AHA pamphlet, Race and Ethnicity in Women's and Gender History in Global Perspective (2006) and many articles and chapters.

Professor Scully is the co-convener of the Coursera MOOC course Understanding Violence and of the Journeys to Education Teach-Out, a focus on diverse experiences of education, including that of First Generation students.  She has served as the Deputy Editor of the Women’s History Review, and as Treasurer and Secretary of the International Federation for Research in Women's History, and on the nominating committee of the American Historical Association (AHA). She currently serves on the Committee on Gender Equity of the AHA and is a member of the editorial board of the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History and is on the advisory board of The Journal of Southern African Studies.


The History of Rape in Wartime | Humanitarian Interventions and Sexual Violence | Gender Violence | Gender Justice 


Gender and Ebola, as part of the Spring 2015 Emory Ebola Faculty and Community Forum Professor Scully co-organized

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Recent Publications

Writing Transnational History

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ohio University Press 2016

“The South African Student Exchange Program: Anti-Apartheid Activism in the Era of Constructive Engagement” co-authored with Thomas McClendon. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies. (2014) Vol 16: 1-27.

“Development and Its Discontents: Ending Violence against Women in Post-Conflict Liberia.” In Doris Buss, Joanne Lebert, Blair Rutherford, Donna Sharkey eds. Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa. Routledge, 2014.