I am a doctoral student and teaching associate in the History department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Why is a neighborhoud in Mali's capital named after Egypt, while a neighborhood in Egypt's capital is named after a province of the Mali empire? What connects Mecca to Jamaica?

My PhD dissertation answers these questions by examining the global travels and writings of pilgrims, merchants, and enslaved individuals from the Western Sahel, over the span of two centuries.

I am also the co-editor-in-chief of Ufahamu: a Journal of African Studies.