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Dr. David Owusu-Ansah
Jackson Hall, Room 221
Office phone: 540-568-674358 Bluestone DriveMSC 2001
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Professor of History
Special Assistant to the President for Faculty Diversity
Summer Program in Ghana Director
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Fields and specialties
African history, Islam in Africa
Contemporary Ghana; religious tolerance in West Africa
Islamic Learning, the State and the Challenges of Education in Ghana, (With Abdulai Iddrisu and Mark Sey), Africa World Press, 2013.
Ghana Historical Dictionary, Scarecrow Press, 2nd Edition, 1995 (with Daniel McFarland); independently wrote the 3rd ed. 2005; and 4th ed. scheduled for 2013. Scarecrow Press, a Division of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.
Islamic Talismanic Tradition in 19th Century Asante, Edwin Mellen Press, 1991.
“A Contested Half-Century: A Political History of Ghana since Independence,” in Ivor Agyeman-Duah, ed., Pilgrims of the Night: Development Challenges and Opportunities in Africa. Ayebia Publishing, 2011.
“History of Islam in West Africa: Implications for the Current Political Atmosphere,” The Islamic World, edited by Andrew Rippin (London: Routledge Publishers, 2008).
A former Lester Martin associate at the Harry S. Truman Institute for International Peace, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Public speaker on issues concerning Islam and the politics of religion in Africa.