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Tim Carmichael

Associate Professor

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 326
Office Hours: MWF 10-11 and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.7326

Tim Carmichael teaches history courses on Africa, the World, Islam, Drugs, and other topics.  He has directed the college’s African Studies Program, served twice as an international elections observer, worked with a variety of national and international government and NGO agencies, and testifies regularly before the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of persecuted individuals seeking political asylum in the United States.


Ph.D., Michigan State University
B.A., Northwestern University

Research Interests

Northeast and Eastern Africa; Islam in Africa; African language historical sources; Drugs in African and World History.

Courses Taught

Pre-colonial African History
Modern African History
Islam in African History
Modern Islamic History
Drugs in World History
Violence in World History
Race and Violence in Africa
The Historian’s Craft
Biographies and African Nationalism
Introduction to African Civilizations
African History and Film
Drugs in Film and Popular Culture
Ethiopia Through the Ages
Elementary Swahili

Honors and Awards

Tim’s major research and study trips have been funded by Fulbright-Hays, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the United States Department of Education, the United States Information Agency, and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies.  He was an online editor of H-Africa for 15 years and presently serves as Book Reviews Editor of Northeast African Studies.



“When Satiety and Avarice Marry, Hunger is Born: African Voices from the Colonial Era, ca. 1896-1945,” chapter in Trevor Getz, ed., African Voices of the Global Past, Boulder: Westview Press, 2014: 69-106.

“The Somali Youth League Constitution: A Handwritten Arabic Copy (c. 1947?) from the Ethiopian Security Forces Archives,” (with Ghazi Abuhakema) Journal of Eastern African Studies, 4, 3 (2010): 450-66.

“The Lion of Judah’s Pen: Introducing a Collection of Ras Täfäri Mäkwännen/Emperor Haylä Sellassé’s ‘Personal’ Correspondence,” International Journal of Ethiopian Studies, IV, 1 & 2 (2009): 55-83.

“The Diaspora in Yemen,” in Routes of Passage: Rethinking the African Diaspora (Volume I of the African Diaspora Research Series), ed. by Ruth Simms Hamilton, East Lansing: Michigan State University Press (2006): 77-84.

“Bureaucratic literacy, oral testimonies, and the study of twentieth-century Ethiopian History,” Journal of African Cultural Studies, 18, 1 (2006): 23-42.

“Religion, Language, and Nationalism: Harari Muslims in Christian Ethiopia,” in Islam in World Cultures: Comparative Perspectives, ed. by R. Michael Feener, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004: 217-52.

“Discussing the Leaf of Allah: Linguistic Aspects of Qat Culture in Harär, Ethiopia” Ufahamu: Journal of the African Activist Association, 28, 1 (2000): 43-69.

“Political Culture in Ethiopia’s Provincial Administration: Haile Sellassie, Blata Ayele Gebre and the (Hareri) Kulub Movement of 1948,” in Personality and Political Culture in Modern Africa, edited by Mel Page, Stephanie Beswick, Tim Carmichael and Jay Spaulding, Boston: Boston University African Studies Center Press, 1998: 195-212.

“British ‘Practice’ Towards Islam in the East Africa Protectorate: Muslim Officials, Waqf Administration, and Secular Education in Mombasa and Environs, 1895-1920,” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Volume 17, 2 (1997): 293-309.

“Contemporary Ethiopian Discourse on Islamic History: The Politics of Historical Representation,” Islam et Sociétés au Sud du Sahara, Volume 10 (1996): 169-86.