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Queen's University

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Ph.D. Candidate/Teaching Fellow

Phone: 613-533-2150
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson 232
Office hours: Wednesdays 10:30-12:00


B.A. McMaster University, 2007
M.A. McGill University, 2008
Visiting Research Student, (Ph.D), History, King's College London, 2011 Academic Visitor (Ph.D), African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 2012


Deanne van Tol is a doctoral candidate specializing in the history of philanthropy and international development in the twentieth century British Empire. Her dissertation research examines the personal and political in ideas and practices of voluntary welfare work by British women in late colonial Kenya. Her work is supervised by Dr. Sandra den Otter and Dr. Robert Shenton.


"The Women of Kenya Speak: Imperial Activism and Settler Society, c. 1930," Journal of British Studies (forthcoming, Spring 2015).

“Mothers, Babies, and the Colonial State: The Introduction of Maternal and Infant Welfare Services in Nigeria, 1925-1945,” Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science 1 (1) 2007: 110- 131

Courses Taught

HIST 122 The Making of the Modern World
HIST 252: Africa and the Modern World
HIST 390: Africa South of the Sahara


“Letter Writing and Political Activism among Kenya’s Settler Women,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Toronto, May 22-25, 2014

“Heart of a Stranger: Voluntary Work and European Settlement in Colonial Kenya,” African Studies Association 56th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, USA, November 21-24, 2013

“White women’s country? The influence of volunteering in Kenya, 1920-60,” International Conference on ‘Women’s Histories: The Local and the Global’, Sheffield, UK, August 29- September 1, 2013

“‘Mutual action for the good of all’: Race, Gender and Voluntary Work at the End of Empire,” 5th European Conference on African Studies, Lisbon, Portugal, June 27-29, 2013

“Home Country or African Frontier? Social Welfare in a Settler Society, 1945-65,” Midwest Conference on British Studies, Toronto, October 12-14, 2012

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