- African Studies - Global Perspective
- Health and Migration
- Director of Graduate Studies, 2017-present
- Project Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: “Race and Mental Health in History and Literature.” 2015-16.
- Faculty Fellow for Virginia Tech South Atlantic Humanities Program, 2013-14
- Editor, African Histories and Modernities. Book series. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013-present Program Committee of African Studies Association, 2010
- Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
- M.A. University of Texas at Austin
- B.A. University of Texas at Austin
Awards and Honors
Project Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: “Race and Mental Health in History and Literature.” 2015-16. ($89,424)
Virginia Tech Faculty Humanities Fellow, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Worked with representatives of the University of Virginia and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to develop a program of humanities research related to the theme, “Mental Health and Social Change,” 2013-14.
Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, 2012-13.
Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2013.
A History of Nigeria. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. (co-authored with Toyin Falola)
Health Knowledge and Belief Systems in Africa. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2008. (with Toyin Falola)
HIV, Illness and African Well-Being. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2007. (with Toyin Falola)
Articles and Book Chapters
“Elder Dempster and the Transfer of Lunatics in British West Africa.” In Beyond the State: The Colonial Medicine Service in British Africa, edited by Anna Greenwood, pp. 104-25. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.
“Contingencies of Colonial Psychiatry: Migration, Mental Illness, and the Repatriation of Nigerian ‘Lunatics’,” Social History of Medicine 27, no.1. (2014): 41-63.
“Aliens in the Asylum: Immigration and Madness in Gold Coast,” Journal of African History, 54, no.3 (2013): 373-91.
“T.A. Lambo and the Decolonization of Psychiatry in Nigeria.” In Science and Empire: Knowledge and Networks of Science in the British Empire 1850-1970, edited by Joseph M. Hodge and Brett Bennett, 275-96. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Current Research: Nigerian pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj), 20th c.