Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in African History from Queen's University in 1998. Prior to this, I completed an MA in African History at Queen's University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, (HBA, Co-op) from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research interests include the idea and practice of development in Africa and the global history of disability and disability rights.
"‘I nearly lost my work’: chance encounters, legal empowerment and the struggle for disability rights in Ghana,” Disability and Society, 30(1)(2015).
“Pan-Africanism, Socialism and the Future: Development Planning in Ghana, 1951-1966,” with Holger Weiss, in The Struggle for the Long-Term in Transnational Science and Politics: Forging the Future, eds. Jenny Andersson and Egle Rindzeviciute (Routledge, 2015).
“Disability and Rehabilitation in Late Colonial Ghana,” Review of Disability Studies, 7(3&4)(2011): 43-51.
"Kwame Nkrumah, Disability and Rehabilitation In Ghana, 1957-66,” Journal of African History, 52(2)(2011): 179-99.
“Colonial famine relief and development policies: Towards an environmental history of Northern Ghana,” Global Environment (forthcoming, 2012). With Holger Weiss “Social Capital, Chiefs and Agrarian Change in Southern Ghana,” Journal of Agrarian Change (Vol.8, No.1, 2008).
“The Power of Social Capital: Historical Case Studies from Colonial Uganda and the Gold Coast,” Canadian Journal of African Studies, 42(1)(2008):98-130. With Glenn McKnight. "K.R.S. Morris and Tsetse Control in Ghana, 1926-51," Africa (November 2006).
Shaping Tradition: Civil Society, Community and Development in Colonial Northern Ghana, 1899-1957. Brill Academic Press (November, 2006).
"Capitalism (Africa)," New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (New York, Charles Scribner's Sons), 2005.
"Rhyming Development: Practising Post-Development in Colonial Ghana and Uganda," Journal of Historical Sociology (16)(4)(December, 2003), with Glenn McKnight.
"Late Colonial Development in British West Africa: The Gonja Development Project in the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast, 1948-57," Canadian Journal of African Studies (35)(2)(2001).
"Corruptions of Development in the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast, 1927-1957," Journal of Peasant Studies, 26(1)(October, 1998).