B.A. (Hons), M.A. (Dar), Ph.D. (Iowa, USA)
Dr. Nyanto is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Dar es Salaam, and Director in the Office of the Vice Chancellor. He completed his PhD in history at the University of Iowa in the United States of America with a study about slave emancipation, Christian communities, and dissent in western Tanzania. He specializes in Religion and Empire, Slavery and Missionaries, and Christian-Muslim Relations.
Dr. Nyanto is also a post-doctoral research fellow at Ghent University examining the aftermath of slavery in twentieth-century western Tanzania. The topic of this research project is the life trajectories of formerly enslaved people in Tabora in the twentieth century and the role of slavery in social memory and public discourse. His postdoctoral monograph, Slave Emancipation and Christian Communities in Post-Abolition Tanzania 1878-1978 is under contract with James Currey, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer based in Suffolk, London and Oxford. The publication of the monograph is funded by the European Union through European Research Council (ERC). In addition to his monograph, Nyanto is co-editing a book project, A History of Postcolonial Tanzania: Essays in Honor of Prof. Isaria N. Kimambo which is under contract with Mkuki na Nyota Publishers.
Dr. Nyanto serves as reviewer and member of the Editorial Board of African History Review, and chair of the editorial team for the book project, A History of Postcolonial Tanzania: Essays in Honor of Prof. Isaria N. Kimambo. He is the coordinator of the AFRAB project, an academically-led 5-year research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and located in the History Department of University College London (UCL) and the Department of History of the University of Dar es Salaam. On March 1, 2023, Dr. Nyanto was appointed member of the Advisory Board of the project “Women at Work: for a comparative history of African female urban professionals (Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Ghana), 1919-1970” (WomatWork), founded by a grant of the European Research Commission (Grant n. 101045774). The project will run from January 2023 to December
2027, and is housed in the Institut des Mondes Africains (IMAF) in France and the University of Bologna in Italy.
In March 2018, the Department of History at the University of Iowa in the USA awarded Dr. Nyanto the William O. Aydelotte Fellowship in recognition of his scholarly excellence for the 2018-2019 academic year.
In April 2018, the Department of African American Studies at the University of Iowa in the USA honored Dr. Nyanto at the African American Studies Awards Reception.
In March 2023, the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge awarded Dr. Nyanto a Visiting Scholar Position from October 1, 2023, to January 2024.