Robert Houle

Associate Professor of History


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Courses Taught

  • World History, I & II
  • Introduction to African History
  • Indian Ocean World History
  • Atlantic Ocean World History
  • Colonial Epidemics
  • Christianity and Islam in Africa
  • Colonial Commodities
  • Crime and Punishment in Southern Africa

Research Interests

Prof. Houle's research looks at the way the Zulu naturalized Christianity, which speaks to his wider research and teaching interests--the way Africans and other colonized peoples interact with their colonizers.


  • Ph.D., History, University of Wisconsin

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • African Studies Association Annual Meeting, NY. "Speaking in Tongues, Building in Bricks: Transforming Church Architecture and Faith in early 20th Century South Africa"


  • Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, Fairleigh Dickinson University (2010) (link to story)



Robert Houle
Associate Professor of History
Tel: 973-443-8726

Department of Social Sciences and History
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave, M-MS3-02
Madison, NJ 07940

Fairleigh Dickinson University Mansion
Office Location
Room 39A

Making African Christianity