Contact Information

Department of History
Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Avenue East,
9th Floor
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5735
Fax: 613-562-5995

Natacha Lemieux
Academic Assistant, Undergraduate Studies
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 8164
Tel.: 613 562-5800 ext. 1421

Suzanne Dalrymple
Academic Assistant, Graduate studies
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 8154
Tel.: 613 562-5800 ext. 1297  

Office Hours

Monday to Friday

September to May
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June to August
8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Meredith Terretta

Assistant Professor, Department of History

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Office: 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 9110
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 1302

University degrees

2004 ― PhD History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2000 ― MA History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1997 ― BA History, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Fields of interest

  • Africa south of the Sahara
  • Political and cultural history
  • Nationalisms
  • Post-colonialism
  • Human Rights
  • Historiography

Ongoing research

SSHRC 2011-2014

African United Nations Trusteeships, Decolonization, and Early Human Rights NGOs, 1948-1973

Selected publications


Grassfields Tradition, Nationalist Politics and Pan-Africanism in Cameroon, 1948-1971 (forthcoming).

Cameroonian women, the act of petitioning, and the creation of a popular nationalism, 1949-1960 (Madison: African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004).


“‘We Had Been Fooled into Thinking that the UN Watches over the Entire World.’ Human Rights, UN Trust Territories and Africa’s Decolonization,” Human Rights Quarterly (Johns Hopkins University Press), forthcoming.

Avec Dieudonné Pouhe Pouhe, “Emeutes de la faim et apprentis sorciers : Eléments d’une tradition politique camerounaise après 50 ans d’indépendance et 20 ans d’opposition, » Afroscopie : Revue savante et pluridisciplinaire sur l’Afrique et les communautés noires (Paris : L’Harmattan) No. 2, January 2012.

“Cameroonian Nationalists Go Global: From the Forest Maquis to a Pan-African Accra,” Journal of African History (Cambridge University Press), 51.2 (2010): 189-212.

“Chiefs, Traitors, and Representatives: The Construction of a Political Repertoire in Independence-Era Cameroun,” International Journal of African Historical Studies (Boston University Press) 43.2 (2010): 227-58.

“A Miscarriage of Nation: Cameroonian Women and Revolution, 1949-1971,” for special issue on Fracturing Binarisms: Gender and Colonialisms in Africa, Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies, No. 12 (2007): 61-90.

“‘God of Peace, God of Independence.’ Village Nationalism in the Maquis of Cameroun, 1957-1971,” Journal of African History (Cambridge University Press) 46.1 (2005): 75-101.

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