Caroline Elkins is a Pulitzer-Prize winning Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, and Visiting Professor of Management at the Harvard Business School. She is the founding director of Harvard’s Center for African Studies, and has taught for over 20 years at Harvard offering a wide range of Africa-focused courses to undergraduates, MBAs, and doctoral students.
At HBS, she created and teaches the short-intensive program, “Africa Rising: Understanding Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Complexities of a Continent,” and is the course head for the MBA FIELD Global Immersion program. She has also led HBS students and faculty in global immersions to Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania, and serves on multiple foundation and corporate boards in Africa.
Professor Elkins’s first book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya, was awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. It was also selected as one of the Economist‘s best history books for 2005, was a New York Times editor’s choice, and was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Award. She and her research were also the subjects of a 2002 BBC documentary titled, Kenya: White Terror, which was awarded the International Committee of the Red Cross Award at the Monte Carlos Film Festival.
Professor Elkins is a contributor to The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. She has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs including NPR’s All Things Considered, BBC’s The World, and PBS’s Charlie Rose.
Professor Elkins’s current research interests include colonial violence and post-conflict reconciliation in Africa, and violence and the decline of the British Empire. She is currently working on two projects: one examining the effects of violence and amnesia on local communities and nation-building in post-independent Kenya; the other analyzing British counter-insurgency operations after the Second World War, with case studies including Palestine, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus, and Nyasaland. Professor Elkins teaches courses on modern Africa, protest in East Africa, human rights in Africa, and British colonial violence in the 20th century.