Robert Houle

Robert Houle

Professor of History, Department of Social Sciences and History



  • Modern African History
  • Early African History
  • Modern Germany History
  • Indian Ocean History
  • Islamic Empires
  • Islam and Christianity in Africa
  • Historical Methods
  • Crime and Punishment in Southern Africa
  • Religion Challenging the State, Seminar
  • Colonial Epidemics, Seminar
  • Colonial Commodities, Seminar
  • World History to 1500
  • World History from 1500


  • History of religious change and conversion
  • South African Christianization
  • Empire and imperialism


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin
  • BA, University of Minnesota, Morris

Academic Profile

Authored one book, “Making African Christianity: Africans Reimagining their Faith in Colonial South Africa” based on research done as part of a Fulbright research award, in addition to numerous articles and chapters on the history of Christianization in southern Africa.  Currently completing a second book based on the journal of Aldin Grout, American missionary to the Zulu, while continuing work on a multi-generational history of the Kuzwayo family of KwaZulu-Natal.    Regularly present work at conferences and winner of the 2016 ASMEA “Best African Paper” award.  Academic panelist for determining Fulbright awards for southern Africa and core faculty for the Social Science and History Learning Community.

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