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Nana Osei-Opare

Nana Osei-Opare

Assistant Professor of History
Email: koseiopare@fordham.edu
Office: Dealy Hall 639
Phone: 718-817-1114

Twitter Account: @NanaOseiOpare

Education

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, Socialist Decolony: Ghana’s Cold War, 1957-1966. Socialist Decolony 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 Kwame Nkrumah era. I am also interested in questions of historical methodology and sources, the global Cold War, and Black political thought. 

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. My work has also appeared in the Journal of West African History, Journal of African History, The Washington Post, Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, and Foreign Policy Magazine, amongst other places. 

You can follow me on twitter at @NanaOseiOpare.

Courses Taught

Spring 2021 
HIST 1600: Understanding Historical Change: Africa
HIST 3945: Africa, Race, and the Global Cold War
Tutorials: History of Colonial Ghana 

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 4922: “Freedom Now”: Black Political Thought 
HIST 5650: Approaches to Global, Transnational, & Intellectual Histories

 

 

Selected Publications

Publications

Socialist Decolony: Ghana’s Cold War, 1957-1966 (under construction). 

“Kwame Nkrumah’s Leninism Reappraised: Archival Silences & Black Marxist Intellectual Orbits,” (in-progress for Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East). 

“‘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. 

“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:
 
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 

Curriculum Vitae

Availibe upon request