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History Department


Anne Marie Stoner-Eby

Associate Professor

Coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) Program


African and European History, Missions and Christianity in Africa, European Imperialism, World History, Peace and Conflict Studies


Office:  262 Boyer Hall

Phone:  717-766-2511 x 2046





Anne Marie Stoner-Eby

Educational Background


  • Ph.D., History, University of Pennsylvania, 2003

  • M.A., History, Temple University, 1996

  • B.S., Social Work major and English minor, Eastern Mennonite University, 1989





Anne Marie Stoner-Eby is an Africanist historian whose specialty is missions and Christianity in Africa.  Her dissertation examined the history of an Anglican mission in Tanzania during the pre- colonial and colonial periods focusing on the African teachers and clergy.  In addition to the English archival sources, Anne Marie analyzed logbooks, letters, and newsletters written in Swahili by the African clergy and teachers, and she conducted field work in southeastern Tanzania interviewing over 200 people.  These included descendents of African priests and teachers; current clergy, and elders in the villages important to the history of the mission.


Anne Marie is also a faculty member in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Messiah.  Since her undergraduate days at Eastern Mennonite University when she was a leader in the Peace Fellowship student organization, Anne Marie has been interested in the vocation of working for peace and justice.  She is excited about collaborating with students who share that vocation.  She especially enjoys introducing students to the history of nonviolent movements in the twentieth century in HIST 391 Historical Study of Peace.


Anne Marie has extensive international experience.  She has traveled and worked abroad in both Africa and Europe.  In addition to her dissertation research in Tanzania, she has served with Mennonite Central Committee in Zambia.  There she worked at a non-governmental organization (NGO) providing AIDS education especially for young people. Her most recent trip in the summer of 2011 included five weeks in Ethiopia and Tanzania where she hopes to spend a sabbatical year conducting research on Mennonites and education. 


Anne Marie currently lives in the city of Lancaster, PA and attends Blossom Hill Mennonite Church.  She and her husband, Scott, are parents of two energetic sons, Samuel and Luke ages 10 and 6.



Courses Taught


  • HIST 381 History of Africa 

  • HIST 383 South Africa: Struggle for Freedom

  • HIST 379 History of the Middle East

  • HIST 102 Western Civilization II, 1500-Present

  • HIST 324 European Imperialism

  • HIST 132 European Missionaries in Africa

  • HIST 391 Historical Study of Peace:  Nonviolent Movements in the Twentieth Century

  • HIST 392 Women and Gender in History

  • IDFY 101 First Year Seminar: Half of our Family Earns $2 a Day



SELECTED Publications


  • We Shall Meet in Heaven”: Letters from an African Women Teacher to her Mission Sponsor in England, 1898-1912, Brill [Netherlands], 2011, forthcoming.

  • “Not Merely Cooks and Household Drudges: African Anglican Clergy and Education for Girls in Tanzania, 1877-1937,” International Journal of African Historical Studies (2011), forthcoming.

  • “African Clergy, Bishop Lucas, and the Christianizing of Local Initiation Rites: Revisiting ‘The Masasi Case,’” Journal of Religion in Africa 38.2 (2008), 171-208.



SELECTED Presentations


  • “Building a Church Locally and Globally: The Twentieth Century Autobiography of the First African Bishop of the Tanzanian Mennonite Church,” part of a panel entitled Constructing Lives of Faith:  Self, Community, and Agency in African Christian Biography/Autobiography.  Panel organized and chaired for the November 2010 African Studies Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  • “Effects and Limits of the East African Revival on the Mennonite Mission in Colonial Tanzania, 1930s-1950s.”  Presented October 2010 at the Conference on Faith and History, George Fox University, Newburg, Oregon.

  • “Whose Legacy? African Leaders and the Successful Growth of Christianity in Africa.”  Presented September 2008 at the Conference on Faith and History, Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio

  • “Rethinking the Colonial Past: African Clergy and the Establishment of Girls’ Boarding Schools in Tanzania, 1885-1915.”  Presented November 2006 at the African Studies Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA

  • “The West and Africa in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.”  Invited to present on the panel Colonies, Empires and Free Markets: The Christian Historian and Intercultural Contacts at the Conference on Faith and History, September 2006, Oklahoma Baptist University.

  • “‘I called him to stop him from doing anything uncivilized which was forbidden in unyago’: African Anglican Clergy Christianize Initiation in Southeastern Tanzania, 1897-1926,” part of a panel entitled Inventing Orthodoxy: Africans Shaping Mission Christianity During the Colonial Era. Paper and panel organized and presented to the November 2005 African Studies Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

  • “Christian Mwalimu: Language, Identity, and Power Amongst Anglican Mission Teachers in late Nineteenth Century Tanzania.” Presented November 2004 at the African Studies Association annual meeting, New Orleans, LA

  • “Not Merely Cooks: The Missionary Wives of the African Leadership of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa, 1880-1940.”  October 1999.  Invited presentation at the Gender in Empire and Commonwealth seminar series organized by Dr. Deborah Gaitskell, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, England.

  • “Not Merely Cooks: The Missionary Wives of the African Leadership of the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa, 1880-1940.”  April 1998.  Presented at the North Atlantic Missiology Project (NAMP) conference, Missions in the High Imperial Era, 1880-1910,” Cambridge, England.  Conference supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts.  Received NAMP travel award.



Current Activities


Anne Marie is now beginning a new project on the history of Mennonites in Tanzania and Ethiopia.  These African Mennonite churches began with the arrival of Mennonite missionaries from Pennsylvania, which means that the missionary archival sources are close to home!  She has already begun archival research at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society as well as the mission archives at Eastern Mennonite Missions, Salunga, PA, which resulted in two conference papers presented in Fall 2010.  Since these papers utilized the autobiography of Bishop Kisare, the first African bishop of the Tanzanian Mennonite Church, she also interviewed retired missionaries who had worked with the Bishop as well as some of his children.  Her next step is to prepare a conference paper on Mennonite missions in Ethiopia as she works towards a hoped-for sabbatical and grants, which would enable extensive archival and oral history research in Lancaster, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.