Carney Earns International Book Prize


Jay Carney, Ph.D., on a recent trip to Rwanda. Carney is assistant professor of theology and director of Creighton’s African Studies Program.

 

Carney Earns International Book Prize

Rwanda Before the Genocide: Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era by Jay Carney, Ph.D., earned the Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize in November at the African Studies Association’s annual meeting. The international award honors the author of a book on East African Studies published in the previous calendar year.

In the book, Carney, whose research interests center on the modern Catholic experience in Africa, explores the church’s role in Rwanda up to the genocide and church leaders’ reactions to mass violence in the 1950s and 1960s that led up to the mid-1990s slaughter. Carney’s is the first English-language study on church history in Rwanda in more than 30 years.