About Me

I am a PhD Candidate in the Ohio University History department, focusing on the intersection between political activism, music, and cultural governance in the Senegambia since 1956. I also hold an MA from OU in History and a BA in Black World Studies and History from Miami University. My research has dealt broadly with popular culture, particularly music, and intellectual history in Francophone West Africa and the Black Atlantic. I have previously written on the intellectual thought of former Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor and former Burkinabé President Thomas Sankara, as well as the work of the revolutionary Frantz Fanon. More recently, my research has turned towards theoretical conceptions of decolonization and cultural governance in Africa.

You can find me on Twitter: @AfricanistJames

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