David W. Throup

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Africa Program
Expertise: Africa
Associated Programs: Africa Program

David Throup has been a senior associate with the CSIS Africa Program since March 2001. From 1994 to 1998, he served as senior research officer for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, where he was responsible for providing political analysis for 20 countries in East and West Africa. Dr. Throup chaired the international report-drafting committees on the Sierra Leone (1996), Uganda (1996), Mali (1997), and Kenya (1997) elections. He has participated in election missions to Kenya (1992), Ethiopia (1995), Tanzania (1995), Zanzibar (1995), Nigeria (2000), and Sierra Leone (2002) and was special adviser on electoral affairs to the British high commissioner to Zimbabwe in 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in African history from Cambridge University, where he was a fellow of Magdalene College. Before joining Her Britannic Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in 1994, Dr. Throup was a lecturer in African politics at Keele University in England (1988–1994). He has been visiting professor at the University of Virginia, Northeastern University, and the University of London and a senior fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia. He held a Leverhulme Study Abroad Studentship in 1984–1986. Dr. Throup has B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Cambridge University and a M.Sc. in political science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is the author of The Economic and Social Origins of Mau Mau (Currey, 1987) and of Multi-Party Politics in Kenya (Currey, 1997) and the editor of 12 volumes on the history of southern Africa between 1820 and 1914.