Philip Zachernuk

Associate Professor


Phone: 902-494-3682
Fax: 902-494-3349
Mailing Address: 
Room 3169, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Ave
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Modern African history
  • African Intellectual history
  • History of slavery
  • Colonialism


  • BA (Dalhousie)
  • MA (Dalhousie)
  • PhD (Toronto)

Selected publications

  • Colonial Subjects: An African Intelligentsia and Atlantic Ideas. University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 2000.
  • "Contemporary Africans meet Timeless Africa: West Africans' engagement with ideas of Africa in America, 1930-1950", Journal of West African History Vol 8, 1 (March 2022) (forthcoming).
  • "Edward Wilmot Blyden", in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900, ed. David Thomas. (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2022).
  • "Who Needs a Witch Doctor?  Refiguring British Colonial Cinema in the 1940s,"  in Lee Grieveson and Colin MacCabe eds., Film and the End of Empire (London:  Palgrave Macmillan for the British Film Institute, 2011), pp. 95-117  
  • "African Intellectuals and the Reconceptualization of Africa," in Misty Bastian and Jane Parpart, eds., Great Ideas for Teaching About Africa (Rienner, Boulder, 1999).
  • "African History and Imperial Culture in Colonial Nigerian Schools," Africa 68 (1998).
  • "Of Origins and Colonial Order: Southern Nigerian Historians and the 'Hamitic Hypothesis,' c. 1870-1970," Journal of African History 35 (1994).

Teaching 2021-2022

  • HIST 1910(02)F - Life Stories Seminar (2019-2020 Topic:  Father of Pan Africanism:  Kwame Nkrumah)
  • HIST 2714F - Slavery and Slaving in Global History
  • HIST 3435/5435F - Rise/Fall - African Slavery

Office Hours Winter 2024

  • Monday 2:00-3:00
  • By appointment