225-C Himes Hall
West Africa from Pre-History to 1800; West Africa from 1800 to the Present; Islam in Contemporary African Societies; Pre-Colonial Africa; Modern Africa Since 1800
Current Research Interests
Islam and the process of creolization in colonial West Africa 1808-1910; Political violence in post-independence Sierra Leone.
Interested in Directing Theses On
Colonial and Post-Colonial West Africa.
B.A. (Honors), Fourah Bay College (University of Sierra Leone); M.A. California State University, Chico; PhD UCLA
Awards and Honors
UCLA Summer Research Grant
International Studies and Overseas Program Fellowship
Outstanding Faculty Award, UCSD 2004
“Islam in Africa”, Africa, vol. 5, edited by Toyin Falola (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2003)
“Liberated Slaves and Islam in Nineteenth Century West Africa”, in The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World, edited by Toyin Falola and Matt D. Childs (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004)
“Rethinking the Demographic Make-up of Krio Society”, in New Perspectives on the Sierra Leone Krio, edited by Mac Dixon-Fyle and Gibril Cole (New York: Peter Lang, 2006).
The Krio of West Africa: Islam, Culture, Creolization, and Colonialism in the Nineteenth Century (Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, 2013)
New Perspectives on the Sierra Leone Krio, editor with Mac Dixon-Fyle (New York: Peter Lang, 2006