Nicholas M. Creary

Nicholas M. Creary received his B.A. in history and African Studies from Georgetown University, his M.A. in American history from the Catholic University of America, and his Ph.D. in African history from Michigan State University. He has taught at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and Marquette University in Milwaukee. His first book, Domesticating a Religious Import: The Jesuits and the Inculturation of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe, 1879-1980, (New York: Fordham University Press, 2011), focused on the history of religion in Africa and adaptations of Christianity to African cultures. His research interests focus on the ways in which Africans and peoples of African descent used elements of their pasts prior to the European military conquest and occupation of the African continent and/or transformed European or hybrid institutions as cultural tools for their struggles to liberate themselves from colonial domination.

Dr. Creary’s current research project, tentatively titled An Introduction to Western Syphilization: Africa and its Relationship with the So-Called "West," which is a theoretical reflection on the history and nature of the interactions between sub-Saharan Africa and Europe from 1341 to the present, builds on research that compares cultural nationalist literary movements among Africans and peoples of African descent in the Atlantic world during the first half of the 20th century. He has received several grants, including a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, and has conducted research on African writers in South Africa, Cape Verde, and Belize.

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creary@ohio.edu