Monique Bedasse

​Assistant Professor of History and of African and African-American Studies (Affiliate)
PhD, University of Miami
research interests:
  • Modern Caribbean
  • Modern Africa
  • African Diaspora
  • Transnational History

contact info:

office hours:

  • ​Wednesday 1:30 - 3:00 PM​​

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1062
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

Professor Bedasse specializes in Modern Caribbean history, the African diaspora, Modern Africa and transnational history.

Broadly, Bedasse's research interests include the intellectual, political and social history of decolonization, black internationalism and African diasporic politics.

For more information, visit Monique Bedasse's department profile.

Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization

Jah Kingdom: Rastafarians, Tanzania, and Pan-Africanism in the Age of Decolonization

From its beginnings in 1930s Jamaica, the Rastafarian movement has become a global presence. While the existing studies of the Rastafarian movement have primarily focused on its cultural expression through reggae music, art, and iconography, Monique A. Bedasse argues that repatriation to Africa represents the most important vehicle of Rastafari’s international growth. Shifting the scholarship on repatriation from Ethiopia to Tanzania, Bedasse foregrounds Rastafari’s enduring connection to black radical politics and establishes Tanzania as a critical site to explore gender, religion, race, citizenship, socialism, and nation. Beyond her engagement with how the Rastafarian idea of Africa translated into a lived reality, she demonstrates how Tanzanian state and nonstate actors not only validated the Rastafarian idea of diaspora but were also crucial to defining the parameters of Pan-Africanism.

Based on previously undiscovered oral and written sources from Tanzania, Jamaica, England, the United States, and Trinidad, Bedasse uncovers a vast and varied transnational network -including Julius Nyerere, Michael Manley, and C. L. R James - revealing Rastafari’s entrenchment in the making of Pan-Africanism in the postindependence period.