I am a PhD Candidate in the History department at UCLA.

Why is a neighborhood 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 dissertation answers these questions by examining the global travels and writings of pilgrims, merchants, and enslaved individuals from present-day Mali, in the Western Sahel, over the span of two centuries.

I am also the co-editor-in-chief of UFAHAMU, a Journal of African Studies.

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