Thomas F. McDow

Thomas F. McDow

Thomas F. McDow

Associate Professor


361 Dulles Hall
230 Annie & John Glenn Avenue
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • African History
  • Islamic History
  • Comparative Empires
  • Power, Culture, and the State
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Nation

My research focuses on the Western Indian Ocean in the 19th century and examines the business and family networks that linked Arabia, the East African Coast, and the African interior. Broadly I am interested in World, Islamic, Indian Ocean, and African History and am drawn to themes of trade, migration, diaspora, slavery, and colonialism, with a growing interest in the history of medicine.

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