Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey

Lecturer on History (Fall 2018)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Office Hours:  Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:00pm

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is a historian of the twentieth-century United States who studies the historical intersections of the United States, Canada, and the African Diaspora. His dissertation, “From the North Star to the Black Star: African North Americans and the Search for a Land of Promise, 1919-1985,” won numerous prizes. Adjetey’s work situates fundamental questions of twentieth-century U.S. history—immigration, civil rights, racial identity, radicalism, surveillance and state power—within a North American diasporic frame. He is revising his manuscript, Cross-Border Cosmopolitans: The Making of a Pan-African North America, 1919-1992, for publication.

Adjetey received the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, and the MIT SHASS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, among others. Currently the William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, he earned the Ph.D., M.A., and M.Phil. at Yale University in History and African American Studies and his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Toronto. He serves as a director on three boards: The Inspirit Foundation, which promotes pluralism and civic engagement in Canada; the Tujenge Africa Foundation, a peace- and nation-building organization in Burundi; and Dream Maker Ventures Diversity Fund, the first venture capital fund in Canada that is Black-led and invests in start-ups that under-represented minorities founded.

In Fall 2018, he will teach HIST 14J, “Binding Ties”: African North Americans and Citizenship, 1775 to the Present.

Photo credit: Taha Muharuma


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