Madelyn Stone



BA in History and Journalism, Northeastern University, 2016

Research Interests

Colonial South Africa
Capitalism and Empire
Comparative Law
Global History
Labor Politics

Dissertation Topic

"Disorder and Disjuncture: Colonial Policing in Industrializing South Africa, 1867–1918"

Faculty Advisors

Clifton Crais
Tehila Sasson
Pamela Scully
Adriana Chira


As a historian of colonial southern Africa, I am interested in understanding the nature and legacies of imperial control and resistance. My dissertation examines the development of colonial policing mechanisms in industrializing South Africa. It considers especially how the experiences of police and official reliance upon Black African men offer insights into the role of state power in the lives of colonial subjects. My research has been generously supported by a Fulbright-Hays fellowship, the Laney Graduate School, and by Emory’s Cuttino Scholarship, Benjamin Prize, McLean Prize, and Major Award.