Bayo Holsey
Associate Professor of History
Degree: Ph.D., Columbia, 2003
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2014
Specialty: West African History and Ethnography: Atlantic Cultures and the African Diaspora
Office: On Leave AY 2018-19
Research Interests: 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