Articles & chapters

‘The Unseen Archive of Idi Amin: Making History in a Tight Corner’. Forthcoming in Comparative Studies in Society and History (2020). With R. Vokes, N. Abiti, and E. Taylor.

‘The Politics of Archives in Uganda’. Forthcoming in Thomas Spear (ed.), The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

‘Governing Religious Life in Idi Amin’s Uganda’. Forthcoming in Jacob Olupona (ed.), Evangelical Christianity and the Transformation of Africa.

‘Collecting Antique Things at the Uganda Museum’. Forthcoming in Peter Probst, Ray Silverman and George Abungu (eds.), National Museums in Africa: Reflections on Memory, Identity, and the Politics of Heritage (London: Routledge). With N. Abiti.

Colonial Rule and the Rise of African Politics, 1930-1963’. In N. Cheeseman, G. Lynch, and K. Kanyinga (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Kenyan Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), 29-42.

‘The Politics of the Page: Cutting and Pasting in South African and African-American Newspapers’Social Dynamics 45 (2019), 1-25. With I. Hofmeyr.

‘Vernacular’. In G. Desai, and A. Masquelier (eds.), Critical Terms for the Study of Africa (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018), 331-345.

‘The East African Revival’. In William Sachs (ed.), The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol. V: Global Anglicanism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 211-231.

‘Vernacular Language and Political Imagination’. In Ericka Albaugh and Kate de Luna (eds.), Tracing Language Movement in Africa (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 165-186.

‘Nonconformity in Africa’s Cultural History’Journal of African History 58 (1) (2017), 35-50. Special issue on ‘E.P. Thompson and African History’, edited by L. White.

‘Print Cultures in Colonial Africa’. In Peterson, Hunter and Newell (eds.), African Print Cultures (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016), 1-48.

‘A History of the Heritage Economy in Yoweri Museveni’s Uganda’. Journal of Eastern African Studies 10 (4) (2016), 789-806. Special issue on ‘The NRM Regime and the 2016 Ugandan Elections’, edited by R. Vokes and S. Wilkins.

‘The Politics of Transcendence in Colonial Uganda’. Past and Present 230 (1) (2016), 197-225.

‘Autour d’un livre: Derek R. Peterson, Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival’Politique Africaine 138 (2) (2015), 179-99. With essays from Carol Summers, Etienne Smith, and Hervé Maupeu.

‘Violence and Political Advocacy in the Lost Counties, Western Uganda’International Journal of African Historical Studies 48 (1) (2015), 51-72. Special issue on ‘Violence as Politics in Eastern Africa’, edited by D. Anderson and O. Rolandsen.

‘Introduction: Heritage Management in Colonial and Contemporary Africa’. In Peterson, Gavua & Rassool (eds.), The Politics of Heritage in Africa (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), 1-36.

‘Ethnography and Cultural Innovation in Mau Mau Detention Camps: Gakaara wa Wanjau’s Mĩhĩrĩga ya Agĩkũyũ (The Clans of the Gikuyu)’. In I. Hofmeyr and A. Burton (eds.), Ten Books that Shaped the British Empire (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014), 216-237.

‘Book Debate: Derek R. Peterson, Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival’. Social Science and Missions 27 (2014), 267-280. With essays by J.D.Y. Peel, Justin Willis and Mark Noll.

‘Rethinking the State in Idi Amin’s Uganda: The Politics of Exhortation’. Journal of Eastern African Studies 7 (1) (2013), 58-82. Special issue on ‘Uganda in the 1970s’, edited by D.R. Peterson and E.C. Taylor. Co-authored with E.C. Taylor.

‘Religion’. In P. Levine and J. Marriott (eds.), Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012), 489-510.

‘The Work of Time in Western Uganda’. Citizenship Studies 16 (8) (2012), 961-977. Special issue on ‘Secularism and Citizenship in the Non-European World’, edited by D. Lehmann and H. Iqtidar.

‘Conversion and the Alignments of Colonial Culture’. Social Sciences and Missions 24 (2-3) (2011), 207-232. Special issue on marking the twentieth anniversary of J. and J. Comaroff’s Of Revelation and Revolution.

‘Revivalism and Dissent in Colonial East Africa’. In K. Ward and E. Wild-Wood, eds. The East African Revival: History and Legacies (Kampala: Fountain Publishers, 2010), 162-182.

‘Introduction: Abolitionism and Political Thought in Britain and Africa’. In Peterson (ed.), Abolitionism and Imperialism in Britain, Africa and the Atlantic (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2010), 1-37.

‘States of Mind: Political Vision in the Rwenzururu Kingdom, Western Uganda’. In Peterson and Macola (eds.), Recasting the Past: History Writing and Political Work in Modern Africa (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2009), 171-190.

‘Introduction: Homespun Historiography and the Academic Profession’. In Peterson and Macola (eds.), Recasting the Past: History Writing and Political Work in Modern Africa (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2009), 1-28. With G. Macola.

‘The Intellectual Lives of Mau Mau Detainees’. Journal of African History 49 (1) (2008), 73-91.

‘Culture and Chronology in African History’.  Historical Journal 50 (2) (2007), 483-497.

‘Morality Plays: Marriage, Church Courts and Colonial Agency in Tanganyika, c. 1880-1928’. American Historical Review 111 (4) (2006), 983-1010.

‘Casting Characters: Autobiography and Political Imagination in Colonial Kenya’. Research in African Literatures 37 (3) (2006), 176-192. Special issue on ‘African Languages and Literatures’, edited by K. Barber and G. Furniss.

‘Language Work and Colonial Politics in Eastern Africa: The Making of Standard Swahili and “School Kikuyu”‘. In D. Hoyt and K. Oslund (eds.), The Study of Language and the Politics of Community in a Global Context (Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), 181-210.

‘Making the Chikunda: Military Slavery and Ethnicity in Southern Africa, 1750-1900’. In P. Morgan (ed.), Arming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006), 95-119. With A. Isaacman.

‘“Be Like Firm Soldiers to Develop the Country”: Political Imagination and the Geography of Gikuyuland’. International Journal of African Historical Studies 37 (1) (2004), 71-101.

‘The Rhetoric of the Word: Bible Translation and Ethnic Debate in Colonial Central Kenya’. In B. Stanley (ed.), Missions, Nationalism, and the End of Empire (Grand Rapids: Eerdmanns, 2004), 165-179.

‘Writing in Revolution: Independent Schooling and Mau Mau in Central Kenya’. In Atieno Odhiambo and J. Lonsdale (eds.), Mau Mau and Nationhood: Arms, Authority, and Narration (London and Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2003), 76-96.

‘Autobiography as History and Literature’. In C. Muhoro, The Life of Charles Muhoro Kareri (Madison: University of Wisconsin African Studies Center, 2003), iv-xix.

‘Making the Chikunda: Military Slavery and Ethnicity in Southern Africa, 1750-1900’. International Journal of African Historical Studies 36 (2) (2003), 257-281. With Allen Isaacman.

‘Gambling with God: Rethinking Religion in Central Kenya’. In Peterson and Walhof (eds.), The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief in Politics and History (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2002), 37-58.

‘Rethinking Religion’. In Peterson and Walhof (eds.), The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief in Politics and History (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2002), 1-16. With D. Walhof.

‘Wordy Women: Gender Trouble and the Oral Politics of the East African Revival in Gikuyuland’. Journal of African History 43 (2001), 469-489.

‘Translating the Word: Dialogism and Debate in Two Gikuyu Dictionaries’Journal of Religious History 23 (1999), 31-50.

‘New Directions in the Social History of Missions in Africa’. Journal of Religious History 23 (1999), 1-7. Co-authored with J. Allman.

‘Colonizing Language? Missionaries and Gikuyu dictionaries, 1904 and 1914’. History in Africa 24 (1997), 257-72.

Short Articles

‘Uganda’s History from the Margins’. History in Africa 40 (s1) (2013), s23-s25. Special 40th anniversary issue.

‘Language: Government and Mission Policies’. In J. Middleton and J. Miller et. al., eds., New Encyclopedia of Africa (New York: Scribner, 2007).

Introduction to ‘Ngo ya Tuiritu [Shield of the Girls]: Letter Concerning Female Circumcision’. In F. Howe (ed.), Women Writing Africa: The Eastern Region (New York: The Feminist Press, 2007).

‘Mau Mau’. In K. Koschorke (ed.), Kirchengeschichte VII: Asien, Afrika, Lateinamerika, in the series Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Tubingen: J.C.B. Mohr, 2002).