Pamela Scully


WGSS and African Studies

Assistant Vice Provost

Academic Innovation


The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence

Office: Candler 129A

Phone: 404-712-4161


Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

550 Asbury Circle
Candler Library 128

Atlanta, GA 30322


Pamela Scully is Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Professor of African Studies, and Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Innovation 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 with an emphasis on slave emancipation, biography, and on sexual violence in wartime and in post-conflict societies. Her books include Liberating the Family? Gender and British Slave Emancipation in the Rural Western Cape, South Africa, 1823-1853 (Heinemann, 1997). Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World (Duke University Press 2005), co-edited with Diana Paton, and Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: a Ghost Story and a Biography, co-authored with Clifton Crais (Princeton, 2009, 2010). She is the author of the AHA pamphlet, Race and Ethnicity in Women's and Gender History in Global Perspective (2006). Professor Scully is working on a book co-authored with Professor Fiona Paisley of Griffith University, Australia, titled Writing Transnational History (under contract with Bloomsbury). Professor Scully has also been involved in various collaborations on Ebola. She teaches courses on humanitarian interventions and sexual violence; gender violence and gender justice, and the history of rape in wartime.  She is the co-convener of the Coursera MOOC course Understanding Violence.  She serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Women’s HistoryThe Journal of British Studies, and Social Dynamics, and is on the advisory board of The Journal of Southern African Studies. Professor Scully works closely with the Institute for Developing Nations, a partnership between Emory University and The Carter Center, which focuses on collaborative research regarding issues of poverty and development.


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

Why graduate school at Emory:

Recent Publications

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.

Pamela Scully is also Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and directs Emory’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, which supports faculty across the university in their research, scholarship, teaching and career.