Ned Bertz

Assistant Professor

South Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean, World History


Office: Sakamaki B409
Phone: (808) 956-6766



BS & BA Illinois, 1994; MA, PhD Iowa, 1998, 2008


Originally from Chicago, Ned Bertz attended the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), including a year abroad at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), and graduated with degrees in History and Accountancy.  Choosing the past over profit, he moved a few cornfields to the west to study for his MA and Ph.D. in History at the University of Iowa.  Seeking to bridge area studies approaches and write about transnational historical exchanges between South Asia and East Africa, Professor Bertz has spent more than five years conducting fieldwork in India and Tanzania in preparation for writing a book considering issues of race, nationalism, and diaspora in the history of the Indian Ocean world.  He teaches classes about the history of South Asia, Africa, and the Indian Ocean world, in addition to world history, history and film, senior thesis, and historiography, among other offerings.  Additionally, he is very interested in social justice and human rights, gender studies, African and South Asian music, Indian popular cinema (and is rumored to have once appeared in a Bollywood blockbuster), and is fully confident that this is the year for the Chicago Cubs.


Representative Publications:


“Indian Ocean World Cinema: Viewing the History of Race, Diaspora, and Nationalism in Urban Tanzania,” special issue on ‘Print Cultures, Nationalisms, and Publics of the Indian Ocean,’ Africa 81 (2011): 68-88.


“Traces of the Past, Fragments for the Future: South-South Cooperation in the Indian Ocean,” in Renu Modi, ed., South-South Cooperation: Africa on the Centre Stage (UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011): 61-72.


“Indian Ocean World Travellers: Moving Models in Multi-Sited Research,” in Helene Basu, ed., Journeys and Dwellings: Indian Ocean Themes in South Asia (Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2008): 21-60.


“Educating the Nation: Race, Diaspora, and Nationalism in the History of Tanzanian Schools,” in Sara Dorman, Daniel Hammett, and Paul Nugent, eds., Making Nations, Creating Strangers: States and Citizenship in Africa (Leiden: Brill, 2007): 161-80.



Center for South Asian Studies, University of Hawai’i

Honors Program
Undergraduate Certificate in Islamic Studies