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Baba Jallow

Baba Jallow, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor, Student Historical Society

jallow@lasalle.edu

215.951.1143

Olney 336

Baba G. Jallow is assistant professor of history and faculty advisor for the La Salle University Student Historical Society. A historian of Africa, he specializes in the colonial and postcolonial history of West Africa and Ghana. His research interests include the colonial encounter and state formation in Africa, media and cultural censorship in Africa, African leadership, the Second Vatican Council, and Catholics and social justice in Africa.

His publications include The Catholic Voice in Ghana: Speaking the Spirit of Vatican II (Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2015); Leadership in Colonial Africa: Disruption of Traditional Frameworks and Patterns (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); Leadership in Postcolonial Africa: Trends Transformed by Independence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); and Rambler’s Chats: Ghanaian, African and Global Histories through the Eyes of a Nkrumahist columnist (African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012). He has published articles and book reviews in the Journal of Religion and Society, Stichproben: the Vienna Journal of African Studies, the Journal of Asian and African Studies, the Journal of Critical Southern Studies, and Interventions.

Areas of Expertise

  • African History
  • African Studies
  • African Leadership Studies

Education

  • Ph.D. in history, University of California, Davis (2011)
  • M.A. in liberal studies, Rutgers University, Camden, N.J. (2005) 

Teaching

  • HIS 151: Global History to 1500
  • HIS 344: Topics in African History 

Scholarly Conference Presentations

2014: Panel Organizer and Chair, “Public Leadership in Africa”, 16th ILA Global International Conference, Oct. 30–Nov. 2, San Diego, Calif.

2014: Panel Organizer, “African Leadership: Theory and Practice”, 16th ILA Global International Conference, Oct. 30–Nov. 2, San Diego, Calif.

2014: Presenter, “African Leadership Studies: Beyond Theoretical Exceptionalism”, 16th ILA Global International Conference, Oct. 30–Nov. 2, San Diego, Calif.

2014: Presenter, “From Saint to Devil: The visual transformations of Kwame Nkrumah in the Evening News, 1961–1966”, African Studies Association, 57th Annual Meeting, Nov. 20–23, Indianapolis, Ind.

2013:  Presenter, “Mobile Codes: The migration of colonial law into postcolonial space: the case of Ghana, 1957–1990,” African Studies Association, 56th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Md., Nov. 21–24

2012:  Panel Chair, “Re-examining African Elite: Questioning Historical Theory and Practice Through Examining Histories in Four African Countries.” African Studies Association, 55th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Nov. 29–Dec. 1 

Invited Talks

Spring 2014:  “The making of modern South Africa,” delivered to graduate students of Ravinder Nath, Ph.D., in  his study abroad class BUS 479: Seminar in Business: Discover South Africa–Business, Culture and Sights, Creighton University

Spring 2014:  “Barriers to Media Development in Africa,” delivered to students of Carol Zuegner, Ph.D., in JMC 365: International Mass Communications, Creighton University

Spring 2014: “Africa in the Western Imagination,” delivered at Black History Month program, Charles Drew Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska

Spring 2014:  “Great Kings and Queens of Africa,” delivered as part of Black History Month celebrations, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska

Fall 2013:  Talk on The Graveyard Cannot Pray, delivered to students in Dean Bridget Keegan’s freshman honors class “RSP 101: Introduction to Collegiate Life,” Creighton University

Spring 2013:  “The making of modern South Africa,” delivered to graduate students of Ravinder Nath, Ph.D., in his study abroad class, BUS 479: Seminar in Business: Discover South Africa–Business, Culture and Sights, Creighton University

Summer 2012:  “The United States and Africa” delivered to graduate students of Elizabeth Elliot-Meisel, Ph.D., in INR 603: Proseminar in American Diplomatic History, Creighton University

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