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Queen's University

Marc Epprecht


Professor and Head of Department, Global Development Studies
Affiliations with other departments/programs:  History and Cultural Studies


  • PhD (History) Dalhousie
  • MA (History, Political Science, English) York
  • BA (History, Political Science) York

Curriculum Vitae  (PDF 403KB)

phone: 613-533-6000, ext 78248 
fax: 613-533-2986

Global Development Studies
Mac-Corry Hall B414
Office hours:  Mondays and Thursdays:  11:00 AM -1:00 PM

Research Interests:

Social history in southern Africa, especially the colonial era; gender and sexuality, especially cultural constructions of (and mechanisms to deal with) non-normative behaviours (lgbti, msm, wsw, etc); HIV/AIDS; environment and health, especially in urban contexts in South Africa; contestations over development anywhere in Africa but especially Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, and Pietermaritzburg; pedagogy for development (e.g., methods and ethics of work-study abroad programs)

Supervisory interests:

Anything that falls within the broad parameters above. Examples of graduate students and topics include:

  • Toby Moorsom, PhD (History) – Social History of Commercial Agriculture in Southern Zambia, 1930s-90s
  • Ralph Callebert, PhD (History) Livelihood Strategies among Dockworkers in Durban, 1900-1951
  • Mary Caesar PhD and MA (History) Gender, Politics and Social Medicine in South Africa, 1940-1959.
  • Adam Houston, MA (DEVS) Human Rights, HIV and TB in South Africa’s National Strategic Plan
  • Molly Egerdie, MA (History) Female-Female Sexuality in South African History
  • Hayley Morgan, MA (DEVS) Sexuality Education in Cape Town High School
  • Anne McNeely, MA (History) Pietermaritzburg’s ‘Sanitary Conscience’: Race and Municipal Water Planning from 1900 to 1968
  • Barbara Mahamba, MA (History UZ) “Women in the History of the Ndebele State,”, 1996)
  • Melusi Sibanda, MA (Religious Studies UZ) “Attitudes Towards Homosexuality among Christian Zimbabweans” 

Other Appointments:

Cross Appointed Professor

Cross Appointment Professor
Cultural Studies



DEVS 499:HIV in Global Perspective

DEVS 320: Aids, Power, and Poverty



  • Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa, rethinking homophobia and forging resistance.London: Zed Books ( 2013)  
  • Hungochani: The history of a dissident sexuality in southern Africa (McGill-Queen’s U. Press, 2004, 2006, 2nd edition, 2013)
  • S. Nyeck and Marc Epprecht (eds) Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory and Citizenship.Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press (in press for Fall 2013)
  • Kathryn Fizzell and M. Epprecht, “Secondary School Experiential Learning Programs in the Global South: Critical reflections from an Ontario study,”  in R. Tiessen and R. Huish (eds), When the World is Your Classroom. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (in press) 
  • Rebecca Tiessen and M. Epprecht (eds), Ethical Issues in Learning/Volunteer Abroad, Special issue of Journal of Global Citizenship and Equity Education2 (Spring 2012)
  • Marc Epprecht and Charles Gueboguo (eds), New Perspectives on Sexualities in Africa - Special Issue of Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines, Spring 2009 43/1  
  • Heterosexual Africa?: The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS Athens OH: Ohio University Press, Scottsville: University of KwaZulu-Natal Press 2008  
  • Unspoken Facts: A History of Homosexualities in Africa (Editor and principal author). (Harare: GALZ and Ann Arbor: Africa Books Collective, 2008)  
  • Hungochani: The history of a dissident sexuality in southern Africa (McGill-Queen’s U. Press, 2004, 2006)  
  • “This matter of women is getting very bad”: Gender, development and politics in colonial Lesotho, 1870-1965. (Pietermaritzburg: U of Natal Press 2000)
  • Marc Epprecht and Sule E. Egya, Teaching about homosexualities in rural Nigeria: a trial run, Gender and Education23/4: 367-384
  • Advancing the right to sexual orientation and “erotic justice” in Africa through public health strategies, African Affairs 111/443, 223–243 (April 2012)
  • Sexuality, History, Africa, American Historical Review116 (Dec. 2009): 1258-72
  • The Marquis de Sade’s Zimbabwe Adventure: A Contribution to the Critique of  ‘African AIDS’ Sexualities10/2 (2007): 241-258



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