BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Utrecht University (2007). MA in Comparative History from Utrecht University (2010). MA in History from Northwestern University (2011). PhD in History from Northwestern University (2017).
Marlous Van Waijenburg's work relates to questions about the historical roots of relative African poverty and state fragility. Her projects are inherently interdisciplinary in nature and speak to conversations in economic history, African Studies, comparative politics, and development economics. She is currently working on her first book, which analyzes the comparative nature and pace of colonial state building efforts in Africa through the lens of taxation. Her project especially focuses on the “invisible” component of colonial public finance – the in-kind revenues that accrued to the state from forced labor practices.
(2018) “Africa Rising? A Historical Perspective.” African Affairs 117(469): 543-568 (with Ewout Frankema). doi:10.1093/afraf/ady022
(2018) “Financing the African Colonial State: The Revenue Imperative and Forced Labor.” The Journal of Economic History 78(1): 40-80. doi:10.1017/S0022050718000049
(2014) “Metropolitan Blueprints of Colonial Taxation? Lessons from Fiscal Capacity Building in British and French Africa, 1880-1940.” The Journal of African History 55(3): 371-400 (with Ewout Frankema). doi:10.1017/S002185371400036X
(2012) “Structural Impediments to African Growth? New Evidence from Real W ages in British Africa, 1880-1965.” The Journal of Economic History 72(4): 895-926 (with Ewout Frankema). doi:10.1017/S0022050712000630