Personal Statement:

My current research interest is an analysis of the history of the language of development in relation to the West African Cocoa industry, particularly in Ghana. This includes the role modernization theory, global capitalist markets, and colonial / postcolonial relationships have played in West African development to this point. This study in important as it addresses issues of socioeconomic disadvantage, lingering racial hierarchies held-over from the colonial era, the ethics of consumer capitalism, as well as questions regarding the structure of international commodity exchange, and a rethinking of the very language used to describe the world in terms of comparative development.