Secretary: Stacey Sommerdyk

Stacey SommerdykI have been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department since 2012. I teach topics including Precolonial Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Africa before 1880. During my time at Wits, I have supervised one masters and one honours dissertation to completion: one on Mozambican labour history, the other on transforming identities in Cape history.

In addition to my teaching activities, I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled Negotiating Atlantic Spaces: The Middelburg Commercial Company on the Loango Coast, 1732-1796. My recent publications include a book chapter “Trans-Cultural Exchange at Malemba Bay” in the award winning book Networks and Trans-cultural Exchange Slave Trading in the South Atlantic, 1590-1867. For more information on my research, go here.

Outside of my office, I have been quite active in Wits’ Postdoctoral  forums – including the recent formation of the South African National Postdoc Network, SANPN. As a member of the AWAWU Executive Committee, I am committed to furthering the interests of Postdoctoral Fellows and precarious workers more broadly.  Having been elected in November 2015, I am currently serving on the ASAWU executive as Secretary.