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

I write about African intellectual and cultural history, Blackness, and Islamic history.

I am also a co-editor in chief at Ufahamu, a Journal of African Studies.

Current interests

Muslim women and men of letters, moving across the Sahara and the Atlantic in the 1800s and 1900s, spreading knowledge, ideas, and practices

Reading CLR James, Walter Rodney, Edward Wilmot Blyden, WEB Dubois

Socio-political history of Mali in the 1960s and 1970s


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Photography: Brittany Alexander