Kathleen Sheldon received her Ph.D. in History from UCLA in 1988 and her M.A. in African Area Studies in 1977. She is a historian who has primarily written about African women and Mozambique. Her most recent book is African Women: Early History to the 21st Century.
She is an editor on the H-Luso-Africa network which focuses on the Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa.
African Women: Early History to the 21st Century. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017.
Historical Dictionary of Women in Sub-Saharan Africa, Second edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.
Pounders of Grain: A History of Women, Work, and Politics in Mozambique. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2002.
Courtyards, Markets, City Streets: Urban Women in Africa. Editor. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996.
“Women in Africa and Pan-Africanism.” In The Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism, edited by Reiland Rabaka, 330-342. New York: Routledge, 2020.
“‘Down with Bridewealth!’ The Organization of Mozambican Women Debates Women’s Issues.” In Women’s Political Communication in Africa: Issues and Perspectives, edited by Sharon Adetutu Omotoso, 9-26. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2020.
“Colonialism and Resistance: Protests and National Liberation Movements.” In Holding the World Together: African Women in Changing Perspective, edited by Nwando Achebe and Claire Robertson, 81-100. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2019.
“Finding My Way in African Women’s History.” In Reshaping Women’s History: Voices of Nontraditional Women Historians, edited by Julie A. Gallagher and Barbara Winslow, 14-27. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2018.
“From Frenzied Mobs to Savvy Businesswomen: Researching the History of Market Women in Africa.” In Changing Horizons of African History, edited by Awet T. Weldemichael, Anthony A. Lee, and Edward A. Alpers. Lawrenceville, NJ: Africa World Press, 2017.
“Creating an Archive of Working Women’s Oral Histories in Beira, Mozambique.” In Contesting Archives: Finding Women in the Sources, edited by Nupur Chaudhuri, Sherry J. Katz, and Mary Elizabeth Perry. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2010.
“No more cookies or cake now, ‘C’est la guerre’: An American Nurse in Turkey, 1919 to 1920.” Social Sciences and Missions 23, no. 1 (2010). Based on a diary kept by Sheldon’s great-aunt, Sylvia Thankful Eddy.
Editor for women’s entries for the Dictionary of African Biography (2011).
Senior editor for the online resource, Oxford Research Encyclopedia in African History.