Associate Professor of History, Northeastern University
Katherine Luongo studies legal systems in colonial and contemporary Africa and global legal regimes. She is particularly interested in the intersections of the supernatural, law, and politics in Africa and in the interactions of African witchcraft and forced migration. Her historical ethnography of Kamba witchcraft, "Witchcraft and Colonial Rule in Kenya, 1900–1955," was a finalist for the Bethwell Ogot Prize for the Best Book on East African History and for the American Historical Association Martin A. Klein Award. With Matthew Carotenuto, she is also the author of "Obama and Kenya: Contested Histories of Politics and Belonging," published by Ohio University Press, which is the first scholarly work to examine the history of Kenya through the experiences of the Obama family.