We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Emmanuel Kwaku
Akyeampong as the new Oppenheimer Faculty Director of the Harvard University
Center for African Studies effective July 1, 2016.
Akyeampong, Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, is
the senior historian of Africa at Harvard, and specializes in West African history,
Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa, comparative slavery, social history of alcohol, disease
and medicine, ecology, the African diaspora, political economy and trade, and social
and cultural history. He is the author of Drink, Power, and Cultural Change: A Social
History of Alcohol in Ghana, c.1800 to Recent Times (1996); and Between the Sea and the Lagoon: An Eco-Social History of the Anlo of Southeastern Ghana, c.1850 to Recent Times (2001). He is the editor of Themes in West Africa’s History (2006); The
Dictionary of African Biography 6 Vols. with Henry Louis Gates Jr., (2012); Africa’s
Development in Historical Perspective, together with Robert Bates, Nathan Nunn, and
James Robinson (2014); and The Culture of Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in
Africa, together with Allan G. Hill and Arthur Kleinman (2015).
Professor Akyeampong is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences
(FGA), and a Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK). He serves as
President of the African Public Broadcasting Foundation (US), sits on the Advisory
Council of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Program, and is a co-founder of the
International Institute for the Advanced Study of Cultures, Institutions and
Economic Enterprise based in Accra, Ghana. Akyeampong was editor of the Journal
of African History, a founding co-editor of African Diaspora, and has served on the
editorial advisory boards of African Arguments, Psychopathologie africaine, African
Affairs, International Journal of African Historical Studies, Journal of African History,
Economic History of Developing Regions, Journal of the Social History of Medicine,
Ghana Studies, Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana, and Research
Review. He served on the board of directors for the African Studies Association, and
was a Council Member of the International African Institute.
Professor Akyeampong came to Harvard in 1993 and was instrumental, along with
Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., in creating Harvard’s Department of African and
African American Studies, which offers an undergraduate concentration in African
Studies and a Ph.D. in African Studies. He served as chair of the Committee on
African Studies at Harvard from 2002 to 2006, and succeeds Professor Caroline
Elkins as Oppenheimer Director of the Center.
Akyeampong earned his B.A. from the University of Ghana, Legon, his M.A. in
History from Wake Forest University, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of
Virginia. Akyeampong is also a graduate of the Andover Newton Theological
Seminary, and serves as Affiliate Minister for Outreach at Acton Congregational
Church. He is married to Ntuli Qoboza-Akyeampong and has three children.
An accomplished scholar and teacher who is highly respected amongst his Africanist
peers, Professor Akyeampong will bring strong leadership to the Center for African
Studies and plans to build on the Center’s highly successful portfolio of programs.
Please join us in welcoming him to this important role.
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