Aliou Iy

Aliou Iy

Position Title
Alumni - D.E. in African Studies


Associate Professor, History Department, Middle Tennessee State University. He joined MTSU in 2012 where he teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. He is also leading a MTSU Education Abroad Program to Senegal. As a historian of colonial and post-colonial West Africa, he specializes in the political history of West Africa, in particular Guinea Bissau, with a focus on the meaning of women's participation in national liberation struggles and Politics. His current research explores the ways in which a focus on the perspective of women fighters leads to re-writing current historical narratives of the Guinea Bissau national liberation war. His research has methodological implications for historical research on national liberation struggles more broadly. His research also examines the ambiguous relations between African national liberation movements and movements for women's rights and emancipation within those movements. For many years, he also had a research interest in the Haitian Revolution of 1791 to 1803, and the dissemination of the idea of this revolution throughout African political and intellectual circles in the 19th and 20th centuries.

He is also author of several publications, must recently, “Amilcar Cabral and the PAIGC Exile in Guinea, 1959-1962: Women and the Salvation of the Nationalist Organization” in Africans In Exile: Mobility, Law and Identity from Atlantic Slave Trade to Counterterrorism, edited by Benjamin Lawrence and Nathan Carpenter, Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2018, and “Gendered Patterns of Migration and Changes to Gender Relations in Guinea-Bissau.” Guinea Bissau: From Micro-State to Narco-State, edited by Patrick Chabal and Toby Green, London and New York: C. Hurst/Oxford University Press. 2016, “Revisiting the Guinea Bissau Liberation War: PAIGC, UDEMU and the Women's Rights and Emancipation Question, 1963-1974” Portuguese Journal of Social Science, Volume 14 Number 3 (2015), p. 361-377, “Methodological Analysis of the Guinea Bissau Nationalist Movement 1963-1974: Amilcar Cabral-Marxist or Pragmatist?” The Journal of African Policies Studies, Volume 21, Number 1 (2015) and “Promise and Betrayal: Women fighters and National Liberation in Guinea Bissau.” Feminist Africa, Issue 19 (September 2014), p. 24-42.

PHD, (2012) History, University of California, Davis

MA, (2006) History, California State University, Fullerton

BA, (1996) History, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar