Jeffrey Ahlman

Assistant Professor of History

Jeffery Ahlman

Contact & Office Hours

Friday, 2–4 p.m.
And by appointment.

10 Prospect Street #105



Ph.D., M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Jeffrey Ahlman specializes in African political, social and intellectual history. Broadly, his research reflects on issues of decolonization, political and social sovereignty, citizenship and the Cold War in mid-20th-century Africa.

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-20th-century Ghana and the popular reactions to it, particularly around themes of gender, generation and labor in the early postcolonial state. The book will appear as part of Ohio University Press’s New African Histories series in fall 2017. In addition, Ahlman's published essays have appeared in the Journal of African HistoryAfrica TodayGhana Studies and Kronos: Southern African Histories.

At Smith, Ahlman regularly teaches courses on African colonial and postcolonial history, African transnational history, gender and sexuality in Africa, and African encounters with development.