My research explores the religious imagination and social initiatives of Muslims in western Africa. My current projects focus on the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, a trans-national Islamic movement that gained a significant following in twentieth century Ghana; previously I analyzed Muslim Sufi movements in nineteenth century Senegal and Mali. I also reflect on historical methods and am co-editor of History in Africa: A Journal of Method. My teaching concerns the full range of transformations associated with Africa during the last six hundred years. I also am interested in Middle Eastern history and hold an adjunct appointment in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.
Professor, Department of History
Department of History