Dr. Cherry Leonardi

Cherry Leonardi is Associate Professor in African History at Durham University in the UK. She works on the history of South Sudan and northern Uganda, with particular interests in local-level processes of state formation and the construction of authority, communities and boundaries. She is the author of Dealing with Government in South Sudan: Histories of Chiefship, Community and State (James Currey, 2013) and co-author of Dividing Communities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda: Boundary Disputes and Land Governance (Rift Valley Institute, 2016). Her current research is exploring histories of conservation, conflict and nature, with a Carson Fellowship at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich in 2020.


Books by Cherry Leonardi

Pieces of a Nation

South Sudanese Heritage and Museum Collections

Edited by Zoe Cormack & Cherry Leonardi | Forthcoming

South Sudan became independent in 2011 after decades of rebel wars with the Government of Sudan. Independence prompted discussions about South Sudanese identity and shared history, in which material objects and cultural heritage featured as…









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