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Jeffrey Ahlman specializes in African political, social, and cultural history. He earned his BA in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his MA and PhD in History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Africana Studies 2011-12 Postdoctoral Fellowship, the University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Institute’s Predoctoral Residential Research Fellowship, the Council on Library and Information Resources’ Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, and the West African Research Association’s Predoctoral Research Fellowship. His current book project, Living with Nkrumahism: Nation, State, and Pan-Africanism in Ghana, focuses on the transnational politics of pan-Africanism and global socialism in mid-twentieth-century Ghana and the popular reactions to it, particularly concerning issues of gender, generation, and labor in the early postcolonial state. He has published essays in the Journal of African History, Africa Today, and Kronos: Southern African Histories.
Professor Ahlman’s course offerings include two sequential surveys of African history, courses on women and gender in Africa, twentieth-century decolonization, African transnational history, and a survey of West African history.