Personal Statement:

I am a social historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century West Africa, with a focus on Ghana. While my first book explored the history of masculinities in Ghana by foregrounding the life histories of eight men, my current book manuscript is a history of Ghana’s largest development project, the Akosombo Dam, completed in 1965. Related and ongoing research projects include the co-production of the film Ghana’s Electric Dreams (dir. R. Lane Clark) and Archives of Post-Independence Africa and Its Diaspora (launched by the UC Multicampus Research Group in African Studies). In addition, I remain curious in and engaged with historical questions about gender, sexualities, development, and the practice of oral history in Africa and beyond.

Advisor to:

Current Projects:

A Dam for Africa: Akosombo Stories from Ghana

A monograph that explores the history of Ghana’s most ambitious development project, the Volta River Project and the Akosombo Dam, completed in 1965, and its importance for the process of nation building.

Ghana’s Electric Dreams. A film by R. Lane Clark and Stephan F. Miescher.

This documentary film is directed and edited by R. Lane Clark, based on research by Stephan F. Miescher and R. Lane Clark, and produced by R. Lane Clark, Stephan F. Miescher, and France Winddance Twine

Selected Publications:


Edited Volumes

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Honors and Professional Activities:

Co-Director, Andrew F. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures entitled “Energy Justice in Global Perspective,” 2017-2019

Co-Editor, Ghana Studies, 2008-2013

Co-Director, University of California African Studies Multi-Campus Research Group, 2008-2012

UC President’s Fellowship in the Humanities, 2010-2011

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, 2007-2008