PhD, Emory University
Jill Rosenthal is an Assistant Professor of History at Hunter College. Her research examines the history of migration, identity, and international aid in the African Great Lakes region—with a specific focus on the legacy of colonial borders and illicit migration (often termed “refugee” flows). At Hunter College, Jill teaches courses on 19th and 20th century African history, refugees and the nation-state, and violence and healing. Her research and teaching both examine the diverse interconnections between global and local spaces, as well as the ongoing relevance of historical events and memories.
Jill received a PhD from Emory University in 2014 and was the William H. Bonsall Acting Assistant Professor of African History at Stanford University (2014-2016). She received the Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship/Institute for International Education Graduate Fellow (2011-2012) and a Stanford Faculty Research Grant (2015). Her book manuscript in progress, Becoming Tanzanian in a Time of Refugees: Rwandan Migrants, Humanitarian Aid, and Nationalism in Ngara District, Tanzania, argues that transnational aid to Rwandan refugees unfolded as part of a broader project of nation state formation and regulation--one which deeply affected regional narratives of community and belonging. Becoming Tanzanian utilizes over one hundred multi-sited interviews and archival research conducted in Geneva and throughout Tanzania. Jill’s research has been published in The Journal of African History.