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Abikal Borah is an Assistant Professor of History. Before joining SDSU, he was a Public History Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University. He earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on entangled histories of race and violence in modern South Africa. His current book project, titled Aftertaste of Empire: Amandiya and Racial Violence in South Africa, 1843-1949, draws on extensive archival research conducted in Durban, Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg, and Pretoria. Exploring histories of migration, land, and labor in the province of Natal since the mid-nineteenth century, this monograph explains the social origins of the racial violence in the port city of Durban in 1949. At SDSU he will offer courses on historical methods and historiography as well as specialized courses in African history centered on themes such as violence and colonialism, history and memory, and Africa’s oceanic connections. In 2021-22, he was selected as an ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow. His peer-reviewed work has appeared in Africa Today, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, and Review: Fernand Braudel Center.