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Summer Program in Ghana, Director

Professor of History

Executive Director for Access & Educational Outreach



Ph.D., Northwestern University

Fields and specialties

African history, Islam in Africa

Teaching areas

Modern Africa

Research interests

Contemporary Ghana; religious tolerance in West Africa

Selected publications

Islamic Learning, the State and the Challenges of Education in Ghana, (With Abdulai Iddrisu and Mark Sey), Africa World Press, 2013.

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).

Ghana Historical Dictionary, Scarecrow Press, 2nd Edition, 1995 (with Daniel McFarland); independently wrote the 3rd ed. 2005; and 4th ed. 2014. Scarecrow Press, a Division of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.


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.

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