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Faculty Profiles

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 3385-  Special Topics: Race in the Modern Age 

HUM 2052- Civilization II

Previous Courses Taught:

HUM 2051- Civilization I

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,” Kathy Grenier and Amanda Mushal, Editors.  Essays on Nineteenth Century, Memory, and Modern Identity: Consuming Commemoration. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. (In Edits)

I am working on a monograph on the Natal Constabulary and the importance of indigenous agency in early colonial Natal. Entitled: Badges and Knobkerries: The Natal Police, Power Dynamics, and African Agency in Nineteenth Century British Colonial Natal

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


 “‘Devote the Best Years of Their Lives’: British Solutions to Natal’s Defence Concerns in Nineteenth-Century Southern Africa.” Britain and the World 12, no. 1 (2019): 5–27.

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

“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.


On Durban’s Docks: Zulu Workers, Rural Households, Global Labor, by Ralph Callebert. Canadian Journal of African Studies, Jan. 2019.

The Borders of Race in Colonial South Africa: The Kat River Settlement, 1829-1856, by Robert Ross. Agricultural History, Volume 91, Number 3, Summer 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.

“'War to end all wars' still haunts our history on Veterans Day,” Florida Today, November 9, 2018. (Guest column)

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