Dr Joanna Lewis

I have lectured here in imperial and African history for four years now and last year won an LSE teaching prize. Previously I taught at the universities of Cambridge, Durham and SOAS (London). I am programme director of our new master's degree in Imperialism, and I have developed my own Africa course in consultation with students. It's called Race, Violence and Colonial Rule and it looks at colonial rule, wars of liberation, the impact of the Cold War and the longevity of apartheid. It also considers more contemporary events including Rwandan genocide, civil war in Sierra Leone and Zimbabwean collapse. More generally we have a very established and respected master's programme across the department which is renowned among students for the broad choices it offers: excellent teaching standards; and high quality feedback with regular one to ones with members of staff. We take our master's teaching very seriously; not least because we attract such impressive students who in turn give us the chance to teach in our special areas of interest. Our students come from all parts of the world as well as the UK which makes for a very interesting and dynamic mix. They don't necessarily have history as a background, but they are all passionately engaged in the challenges facing us today in the field of politics, diplomacy, economics, culture and governance and believe that a closer study of the past can provide a better chance of finding lasting solutions. The analytical and research skills they learn, and the international environment in which they learn them in, not surprisingly takes them onto a staggering range of high profile careers and further research which sometimes leaves me a little envious to be perfectly honest!

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