Fields of Study: African History, Colonial Empires, Global, Religion
Office: Zulauf 718
Education: Ph.D., York University (Canada), 2007
My research interests include the social and economic history of slavery in Northwest Africa and the Mediterranean Islamic world in the 18th and 19th centuries. My forthcoming book, entitled: The Abolition of Slavery in Ottoman Tunisia, (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, Summer 2013), examines the trans-Saharan slave trade in a broader historical and regional contexts by exploring how European capitalism, political pressure and evolving social dynamics throughout the western Mediterranean region shaped debates over abolition of slavery in Tunisia.
My current research projects draw on comparative studies of slavery, cultural transplantation and creolization in the Americas and examine their parallel trajectories within the broad sphere of Muslim West Africa, North Africa and the Mediterranean rim. I am presently working on a new project on African slavery, displacement, and the development of culture, and citizenship in the western Mediterranean from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.
My teaching portfolio include: (General): Modern Africa; (Specific): West African Slave Trades; African Diaspora; European Expansion in Africa, Islamic Responses to Colonial Rule in Africa, Islam and Islamic Civilization.
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