Brett L. Shadle

Brett L. Shadle

Brett L. Shadle



428 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership



  • Kenya
  • Refugees
  • Race
  • International Service Learning

Professional Activities

  • Originator and coordinator of Virginia Tech Africa Coalition


  • Ph.D. Northwestern University
  • B.A. Northern Illinois University

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    VT Engage Faculty Fellow, 2014-15

    Excellence in International Initiatives, CLAHS, February 2014. 

    Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, February, 2012

    Selected Publications


    The Souls of White Folk: White Settlers in Kenya, 1900-1920s, Reprint ed. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017.

    "Girl Cases": Marriage and Colonialism in Gusiiland, Kenya, 1890-1970. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2006.


    “Settlers, Africans, and Inter-personal Violence in Early Colonial Kenya,” International Journal of African Historical Studies 45 (2012): 57-80. 

    “Cruelty and Empathy, Animals and Race, in Colonial Kenya,” Journal of Social History 45  (2012): 1097-1116 

    “Sexual Offences in Kenya Courts, 1960s-2008,” Kenya Law Review 2 (2008-10). Online at: 

    “White Settlers and the Law in Early Colonial Kenya,” Journal of Eastern African Studies 4 (November 2010): 509-23.

    Additional Information

    Current Research :

    History of refugees in Kenya

    “Debating ‘Early Marriage’ in Colonial Kenya, 1920-1950,” in Richard Roberts, Anne Bunting, and Benjamin Lawrance, eds., Marriage by Force? Contestations over consent and coercion in Africa (Ohio University Press, scheduled for release Spring 2016).