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Cypher on “Transforming Sudan”

Front cover of Alden Young’s Transforming Sudan: Decolonisation, Economic Development and State Formation (2018).

Photograph retrieved from the website of Cambridge University Press.


On February 2, 2018, Alden Young was interviewed by Zachary Mondesire, Holly Stephens, Maria Dyveke Styve, and the YSI Africa Working Group, including Richard Itaman and Tinashe Nyamunda.


Alden Young is an assistant professor of African History and the Director of Africana Studies at Drexel University; he received his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University in 2013. He is the author of Transforming Sudan: Decolonisation, Economic Development and State Formation (Cambridge University Press, 2018).


Zachary Mondesire is a Ph.D. student in Sociocultural Anthropology at UCLA. His research interests include: post-rebel politics; governmentality; cosmopolitanism; race in Africa; Sudan/South Sudan; and Ethiopia.


Richard Itaman is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. His research interests include: financial economics; development economics; the history of economic thought; Marxist political economy; behavioural economics; public policy analysis; and project development.


Holly Stephens is a postdoctoral associate in East Asian Studies and a lecturer in History for the Council on East Asian Studies (CEAS) of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University; she received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Her research interests include: Korean History; and Comparative Economic and Labor History.


Tinashe Nyamunda is a visting fellow in the Centre of African Studies at the University of Cambridge; he received his Ph.D. from the University of the Free State. His research interests include the financial and economic history of southern Africa, especially Zimbabwe.


Maria Dyveke Styve is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. Her current research project looks at the historical and contemporary connections between the mining sector in South Africa and the finance sector in the City of London; and she’s particularly interested in how the early days of mining in South Africa from the 1870s impacted the country’s political and economic structures and integration into the world economy, and how some of these structures still reverberate today.



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