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Diane Evelyn Whitelaw


Diane’s research interests include African studies, Zambian political history, issues of gender and feminism, cultural theory, and social justice. Her dissertation research focuses on the Report of the National Commission on the Establishment of a One-Party Participatory Democracy in Zambia, colloquially known as the Chona Commission, which was a constitutional review commission in 1972 informing the 1973 Zambian national constitution, and its later renditions. Her M.A, History at Queen’s was a continuation of her M.ES (York University), where she examined issues of gender and culture in colonial and postcolonial Zambia. She is supervised by Dr. Marc Epprecht.

Selected Publications

“Gender and Decolonisation in Zambia: Re-Examining Women’s Contributions to the anti-Colonial Struggle,” Journal of Southern African Studies 48, no. 3 (2022): 545-561.

Awards and recognition

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2019-2022)

Michael Smith foreign Study Supplement

Department of History, Queen's University

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Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.