Dr Mark Reeves

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About me

I am a historian of Asia and Africa, with particular interests in decolonisation during the 20th century, especially in West Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

I began teaching at UWE in 2023 following a post-doctoral teaching position at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and completing my PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


My research has primarily focused on histories of decolonisation, exploring how anticolonial activists around the world envisioned decolonisation not only as a national project, but also as a regional and a global one. My research has been published in leading journals.

I have previously published on how anticolonialists used and shaped global networks such as the League against Imperialism, the Rotary Club, as well as how activists took advantage of imperial rhetoric in the 1941 Atlantic Charter to argue for wartime decolonisation. My latest article in the Journal of West African History reconstructs the behind-the-scenes maneuverings of Nigeria's first independent Governor-General, Nnamdi Azikiwe, to advance the cause of pan-Africanism.

Area of expertise

  • Decolonisation in the Second World War and the Cold War
  • Anticolonialism in India, Nigeria, Syria, and the Philippines
  • Pan-African, pan-Asian, and pan-Arab networks


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