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Ivey, Jacob

Assistant Professor of History, School of Arts and Communication

Educational Background

Ph.D., History, West Virginia University, May 2015
Dissertation: The Making of Natal: Defensive Institutions and State Formation in Nineteenth Century Southern Africa
Major Fields: British Imperial History, African History
Minor Fields: Modern European History, Colonial Latin American History

M.A., History, University of Central Florida, 2008
Thesis: The White Chief of Natal: Sir Theophilus Shepstone and the Native Policy of Early British Natal

B.A., History, University of Central Florida, 2005
Minor: Political Science

Current Courses

HUM 3085-  Special Topics: Race in the Modern Age 

HUM 2051- Civilization I

HUM 2052- Civilization II

Previous Courses Taught:

HUM 3385- History of South Africa

HUM 3085- Special Topics: Modern Africa

HUM 3905- Humanities Junior Seminar: Race in the Modern Age

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor of History, Florida Institute of Technology (2017-Present)

Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Florida Institute of Technology (2015-2017)

Instructor of African History, Jacksonville State University (2015)

Graduate Instructor of History, West Virginia University (2011-2015)

Current Research

 “‘The Same Effort and the Same Death’: The Memory of the Langalibalele Incident of 1873’ in "Crucible of Memory: Essays on Nineteenth Century Commemorative Culture, Consumerism, and Modern Identity", ed. Kathy Grenier and Amanda Mushal. (Draft Submitted)

I am working on a monograph on the Natal Constabulary and the importance of indigenous agency in early Colonial Natal. A book proposal is in the works.

I am also working on a history of anti-apartheid movements in Central Florida. Tentatively titled:
"From Sun City to the Sunshine State: Florida and the Anti-Apartheid Movement"

Selected Publications


 "‘Young men like these…’: The Volunteer Corps and the Emergence of the Settler Community in Colonial Natal." South African Historical Journal (2017): 1-16.  

“‘Devote the best years of their lives’: British Solutions to Natal’s Defence Concerns in Nineteenth Century Southern Africa.” Britain and the World: Historical Journal of the British Scholar Society. Edinburgh University Press. (Forthcoming)

“Zulu War”, “Southern Africa”, and “Volunteers,” Mark Doyle, Editor. The British Empire: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO, 2018.

 “Lesotho” and “South Africa,” Paul Joseph, General Editor, The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives, SAGE Reference Publishing, 2015.

The Borders of Race in Colonial South Africa: The Kat River Settlement, 1829-1856, by Robert Ross. Agricultural History, Volume 97, Number 32, 2017.

European History Since 1700, by James R. Lehning. H-Net and H-War (Online), March 2015.

African Police and Soldiers in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1923-80, by Timothy Stapleton. Canadian Journal of African Studies, Aug. 2012.

“Shakespeare still teaching on history, race,” Florida Today, April 24, 2016. (Editorial/Guest column)