Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Marc Epprecht

Marc Epprecht


PhD (History) Dalhousie University
MA (History, Political Science, English) York University
BA (History, Political Science) York University

Phone:  613-533-6000, ext 78248
Fax: 613-533-2986

Mac Corry Hall B414
Global Development Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Office hours:
By Appointment

Research Interest

Social history in southern Africa, especially the colonial era; gender and sexuality more broadly, especially cultural constructions of non-normative sexualities (lgbti, msm, wsw, etc) and contestations around masculinities; HIV/AIDS; environment and health, especially in urban contexts in South Africa; contestations over development throughout Africa but especially Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa, and KwaZulu-Natal; pedagogy for development (e.g., methods and ethics of work-study abroad programs); the politics of public history.

Supervisory Interests

Anything that falls within the broad parameters above. Examples of graduate students and topics include:

  • Emma Paszat, PhD (Political Studies) - Government Responses to Most-At-Risk-Populations in Uganda and Rwanda
  • Yesutor Gbewonyo MA (DEVS) - Sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ghana
  • Lucy Mackrell, MA (DEVS) The "vulnerability paradigm" in HIV/AIDS campaigns in Botswana"
  • Tanya Greenberg, MA (HIST) Women in the 1950’s Anti-Apartheid Defiance Campaign
  • Long, Natasha, MA (DEVS) Funerals and HIV/AIDS stigma in South Africa
  • Jessica Cammaert, MA (HIST) Colonial Discourse on Female Circumcision in Gold Coast
  • Leslie Wells, MA (HIST) AIDS denialism in South Africa
  • Rebecca Dowswell, MA (HIST) Nyerere’s Ujamaa from Without
  • Darren Major, MA (DEVS)- Intersections of Post-development theory with NGO discourse
  • Michelle Johnson, (DEVS) - Street Connected Children in Mombasa
  • Renee Rogers MA (DEVS) - Voluntourism
  • Toby Moorsom, PhD (History) - Social History of Commercial Agriculture in Southern Zambia, 1930s-90s
  • Ralph Callebert, PhD (History) - Livelihood Strategies among Dockworkers in Durban, 1900-1951
  • Mary Caesar PhD and MA (History) - Gender, Politics and Social Medicine in South Africa, 1940-1959.
  • Adam Houston, MA (DEVS) - Human Rights, HIV and TB in South Africa's National Strategic Plan
  • Molly Egerdie, MA (History) - Female-Female Sexuality in South African History
  • Hayley Morgan, MA (DEVS) - Sexuality Education in Cape Town High School
  • Anne McNeely, MA (History) - Pietermaritzburg's 'Sanitary Conscience': Race and Municipal Water Planning from 1900 to 1968
Other Appointments

Cross Appointed Professor

Department of History and Cultural Studies


DEVS 320: Aids, Power, and Poverty
DEVS 363: Contemporary Southern Africa: Development Trends and Challenges
DEVS 492:  African Renaissance


  • Sexuality, Secrecy, and Local Government in Early Twentieth-Century Edendale, South Africa:  Notches Blog (2017)
  • Welcome to Greater Edendale: Environment, Health, and the History of Development in an African City (MQUP, Nov. 2016)
  • Michael Bailey, Paul Vasey, Lisa Diamond, Marc Breedlove, Eric Vilain, Marc Epprecht, “Sexual Orientation, Controversy, and Science,” Psychological Science in the Public Interest Vol. 17, 2(2016): 45–101                DOI: 10.1177/1529100616637616
  • Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa, rethinking homophobia and forging resistance.London: Zed Books (2013)  
  • S. Nyeck and Marc Epprecht (eds) Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship.Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press (in press for Fall 2013)
  • Kathryn Fizzell and M. Epprecht, 'Secondary School Experiential Learning Programs in the Global South: Critical reflections from an Ontario study,'  in R. Tiessen and R. Huish (eds), When the World is Your Classroom. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (in press) 
  • Rebecca Tiessen and M. Epprecht (eds), Ethical Issues in Learning/Volunteer Abroad, Special issue of Journal of Global Citizenship and Equity Education2 (Spring 2012)
  • Marc Epprecht and Charles Gueboguo (eds), New Perspectives on Sexualities in Africa - Special Issue of Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines, Spring 2009 43/1  
  • Heterosexual Africa?: The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS Athens OH: Ohio University Press, Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press 2008  
  • Unspoken Facts: A History of Homosexualities in Africa (Editor and principal author). (Harare: GALZ and Ann Arbor: Africa Books Collective, 2008)  
  • Hungochani: The history of a dissident sexuality in southern Africa (McGill-Queen's U. Press, 2004, 2006)  
  • 'This matter of women is getting very bad': Gender, development and politics in colonial Lesotho, 1870-1965. (Pietermaritzburg: U of Natal Press 2000)
  • Marc Epprecht and Sule E. Egya, Teaching about homosexualities in rural Nigeria: a trial run, Gender and Education 23/4: 367-384
  • Advancing the right to sexual orientation and 'erotic justice' in Africa through public health strategies, African Affairs 111/443, 223-243 (April 2012)
  • Sexuality, History, Africa, American Historical Review 116 (Dec. 2009): 1258-72
  • The Marquis de Sade's Zimbabwe Adventure: A Contribution to the Critique of  'African AIDS' Sexualities 10/2 (2007): 241-258

 Sexuality, Secrecy, and Local Government in Early Twentieth-Century Edendale, South Africa