Ben Talton

Ben Talton
Temple University


I am an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History at Temple University. Previously, I was an assistant professor at Hofstra University and Visiting Senior Lecturer and Scholar-in-Residence at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. I earned a BA from Howard University and PhD from the University of Chicago. During the 2015-2016 academic year, I conclude my term as president of the Ghana Studies Association. In that position, I launched a triennial international conference held in Ghana, a prize for outstanding scholarly article on Ghana, and an expanded research grant for Ghana-based scholars. I am currently, organizing the second triennial conference, which will meet in Cape Coast in July 2016. I am also working with members of ASWAD’s Executive Board to bring the two associations into closer collaboration.

My scholarship has focused on Ghana’s social and political history and late Cold War US-Africa relations. My publications include Politics of Social Change in Ghana: The Konkomba Struggle for Political Equality (2010) and an edited volume, with Quincy Mills (Vassar College), Black Subjects in Africa and Its Diasporas: Race and Gender in Research and Writing (2011). Most recently I guest edited—with Wilhelmina Donkoh (KNUST)—a special issue of Ghana Studies (2014).

I serve on the executive board of Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy and the advisory board of Math4Science. Both organizations are based in Brooklyn, New York. As a member of ASWAD since 2007, I have presented papers and organized panels. I welcome the opportunity to work with members of the executive to strengthen ASWAD’s ties to individuals, organizations and institutions in Africa and to build a program base on the continent. I am also excited by the prospect of developing and instituting ASWAD scholarly prizes and awards.


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