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Nana Osei-Opare

Nana Osei-Opare

Assistant Professor of History
Office: Dealy Hall 639
Phone: 718-817-1114


PhD in History, 2019
University of California, Los Angeles
CPhil, 2019
University of California, Los Angeles
MA in History, 2011
Stanford University
AB with honors in History, 2011
Stanford University

Research Interests

I am working on a manuscript tentatively titled, Ghana’s Cold War: The Making of an African Citizen and State in the Cold War, 1957-1966. The project gives the first-ever comprehensive treatment of Ghana-Soviet relations and how those connections shaped Ghana’s political-economy, Pan-African program, and its modalities of citizenship during the Cold War and the Kwame Nkrumah era. The project shows how elite and ordinary Africans such as the working poor, party members, local and cabinet level government officials, students, teachers, economic planners, and the informal sector grappled with and reshaped the state’s role and duty to its citizens, conceptions of race, Ghana’s place within the Cold War, and its political-economic agenda. Ghana’s Cold War charts a new history of the Cold War, citizenship and state formation, global capitalism, and socialism in relation to Ghana. My work has been supported in part by the Office of the President of the University of California, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, UCLA International Institute, and Stanford University’s Hoover Institution Library and Archives.


You can follow me on twitter at @NanaOseiOpare


Courses Taught

I am currently teaching and developing the courses below: 


HIST1600:  Understanding Historical Change: A Revolutionary History of Africa

HIST 3945: Africa, Race, and the Global Cold War

HIST 3946: African Economies and Humanitarianism 

West African Empires, Polities, & States

Black Internationalism 


I am also interested in doing one-on-one tutorials, supervising theses, and serving on dissertation committees with interested students. 



Selected Publications

Ghana’s Cold War: The Making of an African Citizen and State in the Cold War, 1957-1966 (under construction). 

“Proving the Unprovable: The Discursive Geographies and Intellectual Circuits of Ghanaian State-Capitalism,” (under construction). 

“‘If You Trouble a Hungry Snake, You Will Force It to Bite You’: Rethinking Archival Pessimism, Worker Discontent, and Petition Writing in Ghana, 1957-66,” Journal of African History (accepted).

“‘Uneasy Comrades: Postcolonial Statecraft, Race, and Citizenship, Ghana-Soviet Relations, 1957-1966,” Journal of West African History, 5(2) (Fall 2019), pp. 85-112. 

Terrorism and Racism, Twin Sisters?” Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, Volume 39, Issue 1, January 2016, pp. 33-40.

Communism and the Tutelage of African Agency: Revisiting Mandela’s Communist Ties,” Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, Volume 38 (1) (December 2014), pp. 69-90.


Book Reviews:

Steven Friedman, Race, Class, and Power: Harold Wolpe and the Radical Critique of Apartheid in African Studies Quarterly, Volume 16, Issue 3-4. January 2017, pp. 193-195.

Barry Gilder, Songs & Secrets: South Africa from Liberation to Governance in Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, Volume 38, Issue 1, December 2014, pp 289-291.

Carmela Garritano, African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History in African Studies Quarterly, Volume 14, Issue 3, March 2014, pp. 128-129.


Other Publications:

Books that I Teach,” Black Agenda Report Book Forum, December 11, 2019.  

“‘Mahama-OO!’ President John Mahama’s Woes,” The African Collective, August 25, 2014

Securing Ghanaian Economic and Energy Independence and Prosperity,” The African Collective, June 19, 2014

African Agency: Nelson Mandela and the South African Communist Party,” The African Collective, June 18, 2014

Term-Limits for Winners and Losers: Constitutional Democracy & Republicanism,” The African Collective, April 21, 2014 


Curriculum Vitae

Availibe upon request