Megan Vaughan has recently been appointed a distinguished Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center. A fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society, she is an historian of Africa and comparative colonialism and taught previously at the University of Cambridge, where she was the Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History. She earned her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Her publications include The Story of an African Famine: Gender and Famine in Twentieth Century Malawi (Cambridge 1987), Curing Their Ills: Colonial Power and African Illness (Polity Press, 1991), and Creating the Creole Island: Slavery in Eighteenth Century Mauritius (Duke University Press, 2004).