Courses on West African history, Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa, comparative slavery, gender in African history, health, disease, and ecology in African history, and the social history of alcohol. Offers graduate research seminar on sources, methods and themes in African history. Research interests include ecology, social history, cultural history, disease and medicine, the African diaspora, political economy and trade.

Selected Publications

  • Emmanuel Akyeampong and Hippolyte Fofack, “The Contribution of African Women to Economic Growth and Development: Historical Perspectives and Policy Implications – Part I: The Pre-colonial and Colonial Periods.” World Bank, Policy Research Working Paper, WPS 6051, April 2012.

  • Emmanuel Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates Jr., eds., Dictionary of African Biography 6 Vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

  • "Africa, the Arabian Gulf and Asia: Changing Dynamics in Contemporary West Africa’s Political Economy," Journal of African Development, 13: 1 (Spring 2011), 73-105.

  • Between the Sea and the Lagoon: an Eco-Social History of the Anlo of Southeastern Ghana, c.1850 to Recent Times (2001)
  • Drink, Power, and Cultural Change: A Social History of Alcohol in Ghana, c. 1800 to Recent Times (1996)
Emmanuel Akyeampong

Position: Professor of History

Field: Africa

Specialty: West African History, comparative slavery, social and cultural history

Fall Term 2013: On Leave

Spring Term 2014:
- History 97a: What is the History of Medicine?
- History 1704: Slavery and Slave Trade in Africa and the Americas

Contact Info

Center for Government and International Studies-South Building

Room S433

1730 Cambridge St.

Cambridge, MA 02138


Office Hours: Thursday 10-12