Professor Megan Vaughan FBA
Doctor of Letters
Professor Megan Vaughan is the Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Cambridge and Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York. She studied History at undergraduate level at the University of Kent.
Professor Vaughan grew up in London and Surrey; after completing her undergraduate degree at Kent she earned her PhD in African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Professor Megan Vaughan was Professor of Commonwealth Studies at University of Oxford and also a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Malawi.
A historian of Africa, specialising in east/central Africa and the Indian Ocean, Professor Vaughan has written widely on agrarian history, gender relations, colonial medicine and psychiatry, and the history of slavery. She has recently been working on epidemiological change in Africa and its nconsequences. Much of her work has been on the borders of history and social anthropology, involving extensive fieldwork. Professor Vaughan has always worked in close collaboration with her African colleagues, particularly in Malawi and Zambia.
Professor Vaughan has won the Herskovits Award and the Heggoy Prize for French Colonial History and is a Fellow of the British Academy. She is the President of the African Studies Association of the UK and a former trustee of Oxfam.