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Front row: (L-R) Nancy Sinkoff, Paul Hanebrink, James Delbourgo, Rudy Bell, Paul Israel, Paul G. E. Clemens
2nd: Judith Surkis, Matt Matsuda, Carolyn Brown, Johanna Schoen, Walter Rucker, Marisa Fuentes, Bayo Holsey, Samantha Kelly, Toby C. Jones
3rd: Jackson Lears, Seth Koven, Gail Triner, Ann Fabian, Barbara M. Cooper, Temma Kaplan, Melissa Feinberg
Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


Bayo Holsey

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Columbia, 2003

At Rutgers since 2014

005 Van Dyck Hall
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  • West Africa, African Diaspora, public history, Atlantic slave trade, collective memory, and late capitalism          


  • “Embodying Africa: Roots-Seekers and the Politics of Blackness,” in Houston A. Baker, Jr. and Kathryn Merinda Simmons, eds., The Trouble with Post-Blackness (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2015).
  • “Slave Trade Tourism: Representing a Difficult History in Ghana,” in Jim Gardner and Paula Hamilton, eds., Oxford Handbook of Public History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2015).
  • “Black Atlantic Visions: History, Race, and Transnationalism in Ghana,” Cultural Anthropology 28 (2013): 504-518.
  • “Writing about the Slave Trade: Early Twentieth Century Colonial Textbook and Their Authors,” in Alice Bellagamba, Sandra Greene, and Martin Klein, eds., African Voices on Slavery and the Slave Trade, Vol. I (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 204-210.
  • “‘Watch the Waves of the Sea’: Literacy, Oral History, and the European Encounter in Elmina,” History in Africa: A Journal of Method 38 (2011), 79-101.
  • “Owning Up to the Past?: African Slave Traders and the Hazards of Discourse,” Transition 105 (2011), 74-87.
  • “Rituel et Mémoire au Ghana: Les Usage Politiques de la Diaspora,” Critique Internationale 47 (2010), 19-36.
  • Routes of Remembrance: Refashioning the Slave Trade in Ghana (Chicago: University of Chicago, Press, 2008).


  • Tyrannies of Freedom: Race, Power, and the Fictions of Late Capitalism, in progress.
  • The King’s Speech: Narrating Anticolonialism in Black Atlantic Thought, in progress.


  • Benjamin N. Duke Fellowship, National Humanities Center, 2010-2011
  • Amaury Talbot Book Prize for African Anthropology, Royal Anthropological Institute, 2010
  • Toyin Falola Africa Book Award, Association for Third World Studies, 2010
  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006-2007
  • John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship, Duke University, 2005-2006
  • African American Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2003-2004
  • Ann Plato Dissertation Fellowship, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 2002-2003
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2001-2002


  • African Studies Association
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora


  • Board Member, Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora, 2011-present
  • Contributing Editor, Transforming Anthropology, 2004-present


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