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Department of History

Staff Profile

Dr Cherry Leonardi

Director of Postgraduate Studies Research / Associate Professor (Modern African History) in the Department of History
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41070

Contact Dr Cherry Leonardi (email at d.c.leonardi@durham.ac.uk)

Cherry Leonardi specialises in African history with a particular research focus on South Sudan. Her book Dealing with Government in South Sudan: Histories of Chiefship, Community and State (James Currey, 2013: http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14224) is the result of a doctoral and postdoctoral research project funded by the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Institute in Eastern Africa and the British Academy. In 2010 she held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and in 2009-10 she was the lead researcher and author of a report on local justice in South Sudan for the US Institute of Peace and the Rift Valley Institute.

More recently she has been working on a project on land governance and boundary disputes in South Sudan and northern Uganda which led to a publication co-authored with Martina Santschi in the Rift Valley Institute's Contested Borderlands series: Dividing Communities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda: Boundary Disputes and Land Governance (2016), freely available at http://riftvalley.net/publication/dividing-communities-south-sudan-and-northern-uganda#.WBx3Vk9vjIU.

Her current research includes an AHRC/ESRC-funded collaborative project led by Dr Jonathan Fisher (Birmingham) on narratives around witchcraft and insecurity in the South Sudan-Uganda borderlands (2016-18), and an AHRC Research Networking Programme with Dr Zoe Cormack on South Sudanese Museum Collections in Europe (2017-18).

Cherry welcomes enquiries from students and researchers about South Sudan and other topics in African history including colonial governance, local and traditional authority, armed conflict, customary justice, land governance and boundaries and borderlands. Her research on South Sudan benefits from the extensive Sudan Archive in Durham (https://www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc/sudan/), which is also an excellent resource for undergraduate and postgraduate research. She maintains active links with academic and non-academic bodies working in or on South Sudan and the wider eastern Africa region.

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