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Dr. Cherry Leonardi

Senior Lecturer



Location: Durham, UK


Cherry Leonardi specialises in African history with a particular research focus on South Sudan. Her book Dealing with Government in South Sudan: Histories of Chiefship, Community and State (James Currey, 2013:http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14224) is the result of a doctoral and postdoctoral research project funded by the AHRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the British Institute in Eastern Africa and the British Academy. In 2010 she held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and in 2009-10 she was the lead researcher and author of a report on local justice in South Sudan for the US Institute of Peace and the Rift Valley Institute. Her current and future research projects focus on the themes of borders, witchcraft and the changing value of land and livestock in South Sudan. Cherry welcomes enquiries from students and researchers about Sudanese history and other topics in African history including colonial governance, local and traditional authority, armed conflict, customary justice, and boundaries and borderlands. Her research on Sudan benefits from the extensive Sudan Archive in Durham, which is also an excellent resource for undergraduate and postgraduate research. She maintains active links with academic and non-academic bodies working in or on Sudan.

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