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Tshepo Masango Chéry
Assistant Professor


Office: 561 Agnes Arnold Hall

Dr. Tshepo Masango Chéry is a South African scholar specializing in African history, with a focus on racial formation, radical politics, and religious expression. Her book project Kingdom Come: Archbishop Alexander’s Transnational Practices of Faith and Freedom in Segregationist South Africa provides a new genealogy of religious activism that connects Ethiopianism in South Africa, Black Nationalism in the U.S., to African radicalism in Kenya to redefine African freedom in the 20 th century. Her interdisciplinary approach to historical research, writing, and teaching knits together forgotten dimensions of the past to make sense of the African present. She has written on a variety of issues that historicize African women leaders in independence, religious artistic production, queer identities and violence.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, African History with a certificate in Africana Studies
  • MA, University of Pennsylvania, African History
  • A.B., Princeton University, International Affairs and Public Policy with a certificate in African Studies, African American Studies, and Women & Gender Studies

Research Interests

  • Southern African History
  • African Political History
  • African Religious History


  • Africa From 1945 to the Present
  • Jesus, Africa, & History
  • Mandela: The Man & His Politics
  • Introduction to the Study of Africa
  • Histories of African Liberation