Jean Allman, PhD

J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities Professor, African and African American Studies Director, Center for the Humanities

Jean Allman is the J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities and Professor of African and African American Studies. She has directed the Center for the Humanities since 2014. Allman’s research engages twentieth century African history, with a geographic focus on Ghana and thematic interests in gender, colonialism, decolonization, and the racial politics of knowledge production. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright-Hays, the Social Science Research Council, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the author of The Quills of the Porcupine: Asante Nationalism in an Emergent Ghana, “I Will Not Eat Stone”: A Women’s History of Colonial Asante (with Victoria Tashjian), and Tongnaab: The History of a West African God (with John Parker) and has edited several collections. Her work has also appeared in a range of journals. Allman co-edits the New African Histories book series at Ohio University Press. Allman has served on the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association (USA), the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, and the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. She was the President of the African Studies Association in 2018.

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