Personal Statement:

I am a social historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century West Africa, with a focus on Ghana. While my first book explored the history of masculinities in Ghana by foregrounding the life histories of eight men, my current book manuscript is a history of Ghana’s largest development project, the Akosombo Dam, completed in 1965. Related and ongoing research projects include the co-production of the film Ghana’s Electric Dreams (dir. R. Lane Clark) and Archives of Post-Independence Africa and Its Diaspora (launched by the UC Multicampus Research Group in African Studies). In addition, I remain curious in and engaged with historical questions about gender, sexualities, development, and the practice of oral history in Africa and beyond.

Advisor to:

Research and Teaching Interests:

HIST/BLST 19A–Syllabus, Winter 2016

Current Projects:

Book: A Dam for Africa: The Volta River Project and Modernization in Ghana

A monograph that explores the history of Ghana’s most ambitious development project, the Volta River Project and the Akosombo Dam, completed in 1965, and its importance for the process of nation building.

Film: Ghana’s Electric Dreams

A documentary film directed by R. Lane Clark and co-produced by Stephan F. Miescher and France Winddance Twine

Selected Publications:

Monograph

Edited Volumes

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Honors and Professional Activities:

Co-Editor, Ghana Studies, 2008-2013

Co-Director, University of California African Studies Multi-Campus Research Group, 2008-2012

UC President’s Fellowship in the Humanities, 2010-2011

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, 2007-2008