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Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor; Department Chair
521 Hamilton Hall
Curriculum Vitae


BA Johns Hopkins University, 1988
MA University of Michigan, 1992
PhD University of Michigan, 1996

Research Interests

Lisa Lindsay’s research centers on the social history of West Africa, particularly Nigeria, and on links between Africa and other parts of the world. Although over time her primary focus has moved from gender to slavery, in all of her work she endeavors to understand large-scale processes through human-scale experiences, and to attend to African particularities as well as points of larger comparison and connection. Her most recent project is the contextualized biography of a South Carolina freedman who in the 1850s migrated to modern-day Nigeria, making trans-Atlantic connections that his descendants and their American relatives maintain to this day. She is also beginning work on a history of women and gender in the Atlantic slave trade.

Some Notable Publications

  • Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth Century Odyssey from America to Africa (UNC Press, 2017)
  • Biography and the Black Atlantic, co-edited with John Wood Sweet (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
  • Captives as Commodities (Prentice Hall, 2008)
  • Working with Gender: Wage Labor and Social Change in Southwestern Nigeria (Heinemann, 2003)
  • Men and Masculinities in Modern Africa, co-edited with Stephan Miescher (Heinemann, 2003)

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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