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.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History
Department of History