Books and Articles


Marcia Chatelain, South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015). Read More.

Corrie Decker, Mobilizing Zanzibari Women: The Struggle for Respectability and Self-Reliance in Colonial East Africa (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

S.E. (Sarah) Duff, Changing Childhoods in the Cape Colony: Dutch Reformed Church Evangelicalism and Colonial Childhood, 1860-1895 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Corinne T. Field, The Struggle for Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, Age, and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America (University of North Carolina Press, 2014). Read More.

Abosede George, Making Modern Girls: A History of Childhood, Labor, and Social Development in Colonial Lagos (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2014). Read more.

LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). Read More.

Colleen Vasconcellos, Slavery, Abolition, and Childhood in Jamaica, 1788-1838 (University of Georgia Press, 2015).  read more.


Corrie Decker, “Fathers, Daughters, and Institutions: Coming of Age in Mombasa’s Colonial Schools,” in Girlhood: A Global History, eds. Jennifer Helgren and Colleen Vasconcellos (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2010), 268-88.

S. E. Duff, “The Jam and Matchsticks Problem: Working-Class Girlhood in Late Nineteenth-Century Cape Town,” in Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1950, eds. Kristine Moruzi and Michelle Smith (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 124-140

Lynn Thomas, “The Modern Girl and Racial Respectability in 1930s South Africa,” in The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization, Alys Weinbaum et. al., eds. (Durham: Duke University Press: 2008): 96-119.  read more.

Nazera Sadiq Wright, “Black Girls and Representative Citizenship,” in From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances, Vershawn Ashanti Young (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2011), 91-109.