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Nana Osei-Opare

Dr. Nana Osei-OpareAssistant Professor of History
Office: Dealy Hall 639
Phone: 718-817-1114
Twitter Account: @NanaOseiOpare

Nana Osei-Opare (2019), Assistant Professor of History, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. African History; Ghana; Africa-Soviet Relations and the Cold War; Marxism, Socialism, Labor; Race and Citizenship, and Black Political and Intellectual thought. (Global)


Ph.D. in History, 2019
University of California, Los Angeles

M.A. in History, 2011
Stanford University

A.B. with honors in History, 2011
Stanford University


Research Interests

Nana Osei-Opare (Ph.D., UCLA, 2019), is an intellectual, cultural, social, and diplomatic historian whose research and teaching interests focus on twentieth-century Ghana, Black Marxists, the African political-economy, Africa-Soviet relations, the Cold War, and questions of historiography. He is also affiliated with the African and African American Studies Department and Peace & Justice Studies.

Osei-Opare is working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Socialist De-Colony: Soviet & Black Entanglements in Ghana’s Decolonization and Cold War Projects, 1957-66. This is the first monograph to unpack, rethink, and tie Ghana’s Cold War and political-economic projects within larger socialist and Marxist debates from multiple ideological and geographic vantage points. His work has appeared in places including the Journal of African History, the Journal of West African HistoryThe Washington PostForeign Policy Magazine, and Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies. His research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, Fordham University's Faculty Research Grant, the University of California President's office, Stanford's Hoover Institute, and UCLA's International Studies Institute.

In 2020, the Fordham Rosehill United Student Government awarded Osei-Opare the Beacon Exemplar Award “in recognition of outstanding dedication to inspiring, supporting, & motivating students.” It is the highest award that the United Student Government can bestow upon an instructor at Fordham. In 2022, he gave the keynote address at Fordham’s Black Graduation.

During the 2022-2023 academic year, Osei-Opare will be a Mellon Fellow for Assistant Professors at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies at the School of Historical Studies. The following academic year, he will be a Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. 

Courses Taught

Fall 2021 
HIST 1600: Understanding Historical Change: Africa
HIST 3946: African Economies and Humanitarianism 
HIST 4310: Africa, Race, and the Global Cold War

Spring 2022
HIST 5650: Approaches to Global, Transnational, & Intellectual Histories

2022-2023 & 2023-2024
On Leave

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



Selected Publications

Book Manuscript: 

Socialist De-Colony: Soviet & Black Entanglements in Ghana’s Decolonization and Cold War Projects, 1957-66 (under preparation).


Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Ghana and Nkrumah Revisited: Lenin, State Capitalism, and Black Marxist Orbits,” Comparative Studies in Society and History (Accepted & Forthcoming).

“‘If You Trouble a Hungry Snake, You Will Force It to Bite You’: Rethinking Postcolonial African Archival Pessimism, Worker Discontent, and Petition Writing in Ghana, 1957-66,” Journal of African History 62(1)(2021).

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

Book Reviews:

Marcello Musto, Another Marx: Early Manuscripts (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), History: Review of New Books, Vol. 49, No. 5, (September 2021), pp. 120-122.

The Quest for Scientific Equity in Postcolonial Ghana,” Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in Africa after Independence (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Journal of African History, Vol. 62, Issue 2, (July 2021), pp. 303-305.

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:

Co-written with Thom Loyd, “Anti-Black racism is upending easy narratives about the exodus from Ukraine,” The Washington Post, March 3, 2022.

Forthcoming, “Into the Pantheon,” Medical Anthropology Quarterly: International Journal for the Analysis of Health.

Ghanaian Racial Citizenship in the Soviet Union and U.S., 1957-1966,” History: The Journal of the Historical Association, December 21, 2021.

When It Comes to America’s Race Issues, Russia Is a Bogeyman,” Foreign Policy Magazine, July 6, 2020.

Around the world, America has long been a symbol of antiblack racism,” The Washington Post, June 5, 2020.

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. 

Online Media, Podcast, and Print Appearances

The Ghana-Soviet Connexion with Nana Osei-Opare,” The Slavic Connexion, Center for Russian, East Eurasian Studies, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas, Austin, April 12, 2021.

Starr FM, Ghanaian Radio Station, May 21, 2020

“Professor Exposes Students to Truths of African History,” The Fordham Ram, March 11, 2020.

Radio interview with “Black Agenda Radio,” February 5, 2020.

Podcast Interview with “A Correction: A Podcast,” December 24, 2019

Starr FM, Ghanaian Radio Station, Fall 2019.

"Teaching Assistant Work Goes Beyond the Discussion Room,” Daily Bruin, May 10, 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

Available upon request.