Alicia C. Decker

Alicia C. Decker is an associate professor and serves as head of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, with courtesy appointments in the African Studies Program and the Department of History. She also co-directs the African Feminist Initiative with Gabeba Baderoon and Maha Marouan. She is the author of In Idi Amin’s Shadow: Women, Gender, and Militarism in Uganda (2014), and co-author with Andrea L. Arrington of Africanizing Democracies: 1980-Present (2015). She is the co-editor of “African Feminisms: Cartographies for the 21st Century,” a special issue of Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (2018), the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women’s History (forthcoming 2022), and “African Feminist Subjectivities,” a special issue of Feminist Formations (forthcoming 2024). With Giacomo Macola, she co-edits a book series on War and Militarism in African History (Ohio University Press) and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of African Military History. Her scholarly articles have appeared in the International Journal of African Historical StudiesWomen’s History ReviewJournal of Eastern African StudiesHistory TeacherAfriche e OrientiFeminist StudiesJournal of African Military History, and Meridians, as well as various edited book collections. Decker is currently working on a new book that explores the gendered legacies of militarism in Uganda after the collapse of Amin’s military state.