Stephan Miescher

I am a social historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century West Africa, with a focus on Ghana. While my first book explored the history of masculinities in Ghana by foregrounding the life histories of eight men, my current book manuscript is a history of Ghana’s largest development project, the Akosombo Dam, completed in 1965. Related and ongoing research projects include the co-production of the film Ghana’s Electric Dreams (dir. R. Lane Clark) and Archives of Post-Independence Africa and Its Diaspora (launched by the UC Multicampus Research Group in African Studies). In addition, I remain curious in and engaged with historical questions about gender, sexualities, development, and the practice of oral history in Africa and beyond.

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Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1997