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Elizabeth Thornberry
Clayman Institute Graduate Dissertation Fellow, 2010-2011
Assistant Professor of History, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Elizabeth Thornberry received her PhD in African History at Stanford University in 2011. Her dissertation traces the history of sexual violence in South Africa's Eastern Cape region from the late precolonial period through the early twentieth century. In particular, her research explores how ideas about sexual consent, sexual morality, and the appropriate punishment for sexual wrongs were reshaped during the colonial encounter in South Africa. A historical analysis of these subjects provides important context for attempts to confront the high rate of sexual violence in contemporary South Africa. She is currently Assistant Professor of African History at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.  In addition to her main position in the History Department, she is affiliated with the Department of Women’s Studies and the Program in Africana Studies.