About

I am a Lecturer in the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

I work as an anthropologist and historian of East Africa. My primary focus is a study of how notions and practices of sovereignty and value were reformulated in the wake of empire. More information about this and other research is available here.

I did my PhD in the joint program in Anthropology & History at the University of Michigan. While there, I also completed graduate training in Science & Technology Studies. Before doctoral work, I was a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town and a 2012-2013 Fellow at UC Irvine’s Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion.

My research has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the University of Michigan.

You can reach me at kevin.donovan (at) ed.ac.uk. You can also find me on Twitter (@kevindonovan) and on Academia.