David Henige

Historian, Author

1938 –


Who is David Henige?

David Patrick Henige is an American historian, bibliographer, academic librarian and Africanist scholar. The majority of Henige's academic career has been spent in affiliation with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where for over three decades he held the position of bibliographer in African studies at UW–Madison's Memorial Library. Henige has written several books and more than 170 scholarly papers in his major fields of interest, African studies and history, as well as substantial contributions to historiography, librarianship, epistemology, the nature of oral history and myth, and critiques of historical methodologies.

As an undergraduate, Henige attended the University of Toledo, Ohio in the 1960s, obtaining first a B.A. then a Master's degree in history. In 1973 he completed a PhD in African History in 1973 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He undertook Fieldwork towards his degree in Ghana, West Africa. Henige's long association with the Memorial Library began during his PhD studies, when he worked for the library.

After completing his PhD, Henige taught for a year at the University of Birmingham's Centre of West African Studies, a research department established a decade earlier by the noted Africanist scholar John D. Fage.

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  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
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on July 23, 2013


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