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William H. Worger

Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Los Angeles

William H. Worger specializes in the social and economic history of southern Africa. A New Zealander by birth, his first research project was a study of Te Puea Herangi, a Maori woman who led a cultural and economic revival among the Waikato people in the early 20th century. Since coming to the United States in 1975 he has worked on historical representations of Shaka, the industrial origins of racial discrimination--South Africa's City of Diamonds: Mine Workers and Monopoly Capitalism in Kimberley, 1867-1895 (Yale University Press, 1987)-- and, currently, contestations between African and European over the meaning of colonialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Prior to coming to UCLA in 1989, he taught at Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Dalhousie University.


  • –present
    Professor Emeritus of History, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California, Los Angeles


  • 1982 
    Yale University, History