Bruce S. Hall

Associate Professor in the Department of History

External address: 
127 Carr Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 660-3197


My first book, A history of race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), is about the development of ideas about racial difference along the West African Sahel. The research for this project was focused in and around the Malian town of Timbuktu. My current research centers on a nineteenth-century commercial network that connected Timbuktu with Ghadames (Libya), and which involved a number of literate slaves as commercial agents.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign 2005

  • M.A., Queen's University 1995

  • B.A., University of Toronto (Canada) 1994

Hall, BS. A history of race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Hall, BS, and Addoun, YD. "“The Arabic Letters of the Ghadames Slaves in the Niger Bend, 1860-1900”." In African Slavery/African Voices,edited by A Bellagamba, S Greene, C Brown, and M Klein,pp.485-500. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Hall, BS, and Stewart, CC. "The historic ‘Core Curriculum,’ and the book market in Islamic West Africa." In The Trans-Saharan Book Trade: Arabic Literacy, Manuscript Culture, and Intellectual History in Islamic Africa,edited by G Krätli and G Lydon,109-74. Brill, 2011.

Hall, BS. "Bellah Highwaymen: Slave banditry and crime in colonial northern Mali." In Islam, Slavery and Diaspora,edited by IM Montana, BA Mirzai, and P Lovejoy,193-215. Africa World Press, 2009.

Hall, BS. "An early Tuareg anti-colonial manifesto? A local critique of the French occupation of the Niger Bend." In Le Temps des Oulèmas: les manuscrits africains comme sources historiques,edited by S Moumouni and V Pawlikova-Vilhanova,107-47. Etudes Nigeriens, 2009.

Hall, BS. "Historiography of Islamic Africa." In New Encyclopedia of Africa,edited by J Middleton and J Miller. Charles Scribner’s sons, 2008.

Lecocq, B, Mann, G, Whitehouse, B, Badi, D, Pelckmans, L, Belalimat, N, Hall, B, and Lacher, W. "One hippopotamus and eight blind analysts: a multivocal analysis of the 2012 political crisis in the divided Republic of Mali." Review of African Political Economy 40, no. 137 (September 2013): 343-357. Full Text

Hall, BS. "Arguing sovereignty in Songhay." Afriques: Débats, methods et terraines d’histoire 4 (2013): 1-17.

Hall, BS. "A History of Libya." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES 46, no. 2 (2013): 332-333.

Hall, BS. "A History of Libya. By John Wright." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES 44, no. 3 (2011): 458-460.

Hall, BS. "Review of John Wright, A History of Libya (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010)." International Journal of African Historical Studies 44 (2011): 458-60. (Academic Article)