Personal Statement:

I am a 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 new monograph is a history of Ghana’s largest development project, the Akosombo Dam, completed in 1965 (to be published by Indiana University Press in May 2022). A Dam for Africa will be 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.

Advisor to:

Current Projects:

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.

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