Jackson Hall, Room 221
office phone: 540-568-6743
James Madison University
History Dept MSC 2001
Harrisonburg VA 22807
Professor of History
Special Assistant to the President for Faculty
Summer Program in Ghana
Fields and specialties
history, Islam in Africa
Contemporary Ghana; religious tolerance in West Africa
Islamic Learning, the State and the Challenges of Education in
Ghana, (With Abdulai Iddrisu and Mark Sey), Africa World Press,
Ghana Historical Dictionary,
Scarecrow Press, 2nd Edition, 1995 (with Daniel
McFarland); independently wrote the 3rd ed. 2005; and 4th
ed. scheduled for 2013. Scarecrow Press, a Division of The Rowman &
Littlefield Publishing Group.
Islamic Talismanic Tradition in 19th Century Asante,
Edwin Mellen Press, 1991.
Half-Century: A Political History of Ghana since Independence,” in
Ivor Agyeman-Duah, ed., Pilgrims of the Night: Development
Challenges and Opportunities in Africa. Ayebia Publishing, 2011.
“History of Islam in West Africa: Implications for the Current
Political Atmosphere,” The Islamic World, edited by Andrew
Rippin (London: Routledge Publishers, 2008).
A former Lester Martin associate at the
Harry S. Truman Institute
for International Peace, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Public speaker on issues concerning Islam and the politics of
religion in Africa.