Riley Linebaugh is a historian and archivist who is interested in preserving community histories and the power of archival custody. Her PhD was the first, comprehensive historical study of British record destruction and semi-covert removal at the end of empire and the Kenyan struggle for archival restitution and reparations. Currently, Linebaugh is a research associate at the Leibniz Institute for European History in Mainz where she studies the experiences of African students at European universities during the 1960s-present.
She has been published with the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Archives and Records, Inside Higher Ed, and On_Culture. She is passionate about public history and connecting the power of the past to people beyond academia.
Updated August 2022