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Kairn Klieman, November 2007

Kairn Klieman is a professor of History at the University of Houston. She has worked first as a specialist in the pre-colonial history of central Africa and the use of comparative historical linguistics for the reconstruction of African history and more recently on the cultural and historical consequencs of the oil industry in post-colonial Africa. Her books include The Pygmies Were Our Compass: Bantu and Batwa in the History of West Central Africa, Early Times to c. 1900 C.E. (Heinemann, 2003) and Before the “Curse”: Petroleum, Politics, and Transnational Oil Companies in the Gulf of Guinea, Africa, 1960-1980 (2009).

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