Adam Joseph LoBue

 Adam LoBue

Contact Information

History, 309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Interests

  • African History
  • Indian Ocean World
  • Global History
  • Race, Labor and Diaspora
  • Radical History and Movements
  • History of Print

Research Description

Thematically, my research interests include the history of radical movements, infrastructure, race, labor, and diaspora politics. Geographically, I focus on how East Africa and the Indian Ocean World fit into broader global histories of radicalism and internationalist political projects. I approach these topics primarily through labor diasporas, print culture, and infrastructure. My dissertation, tentatively titled "Seeds of Modernity, Fruits of Revolution: Race, Print Culture, and Genealogies of Radicalism in East Africa, 1915-1970" uses three episodes of public political dissent to chart a broader history of left wing radicalism in East Africa. I argue that embrace of left wing radicalism, particularly communism, was not simply an instrumental ploy to obtain Soviet aid or an instance of 'nationalism in disguise' as it is so often portrayed in colonial archives and historiography alike. Rather, I argue that these three events, and the people, spaces, and ideas involved in them, represent sincere attempts to challenge the racial exclusions of both colonial rule and postcolonial nationalism. 


  • B.A. Boston University, 2010
  • M.A. New York University, 2014

Distinctions / Awards

  • Joseph Ward Swain Award for Unpublished Seminar Paper, 2018


  • FLAS AY 2017-2018
  • Critical Language Scholarship, Swahili, Summer 2018