Caroline Elkins (born 1969, as Caroline Fox) is a professor of history and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, an affiliated faculty member at Harvard Law School, and the founding director of Harvard’s Center for African Studies.
Her first book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya (2005), won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. It was also the basis for successful claims by former Mau Mau detainees against the British government for crimes committed in the internment camps of Kenya in the 1950s. Elkins’s later book, Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire (2022), received significant reviewer praise, with one calling it a “tour de force of historical excavation.”
Books in order of publication:
Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya – 2005
Settler Colonialism in the Twentieth Century: Projects, Practices, Legacies – 2005
Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire – 2022