I am a historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century West Africa, with a focus on Ghana. While my first book, Making Men in Ghana, explored the history of masculinities in Ghana by foregrounding the life histories of eight men, my new monograph, A Dam for Africa: Akosombo Stories from Ghana, is a history of Ghana’s largest development project, the Akosombo Dam, completed in 1965. A Dam for Africa is accompanied by the documentary film Ghana’s Electric Dreams (dir. R. Lane Clark). I am currently embarking on a new book project about the ecologies and infrastructures of Ghana’s Volta Lake. In addition, I remain curious in and engaged with historical questions about gender, sexualities, development and technology, Africa’s environments,  and the practice of oral history in Africa and beyond.

Ghana’s Inland Ocean: Ecologies and Infrastructures of the Volta Lake

A monograph that explores the history of Ghana’s vast man-made lake by exploring its changing ecology, scientific knowledge production, fishing industry, and transport.


Documentary Film

  • Ghana’s Electric Dreams (La-La Productions, 2019, 124′), 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

Edited Volumes/Special Journal Issues

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

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

Co-Editor, Ghana Studies Journal, 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