I am currently acting as primary supervisor for the following doctoral projects:

Sophie Kuspert-Rakotondrainy, Transformation of Hierarchies in the Kondala Woreda in Western Ethiopia: the case of the Mao.

Joe Abell, Demanding Change? The Use of Participatory Methods in HIV Prevention in Uganda.

I am co-supervisor for the following project:

Boniface Ojok, Education After Conflict: An Examination of Schooling Attitudes and Responses to Children Born of War Following their (Re-)integration into the Post-conflict Settings of Northern Uganda.


Toni Smith, Colonial Attitudes Toward Women, Slavery, and Gender Violence in the Congo, 1900-1930s (PhD awarded in 2020).

Irene Kamaratou, Seeking Asylum in Greece: Institutional and Social Responses to African Migrant Women in Athens (Ma by Research awarded in 2020).

Eleanor Seymour, ‘You Are Beaten in You Are Bad… Woman, You Have Made Your Husband Tired’: Investigating Gender Violence in Northern Uganda (PhD awarded in 2020).

Paul Naylor, From Rebels to Rulers: Political and Religious Legitimacy in the writings of the Sokoto Fodiawa 1803–1837 (PhD awarded in 2018).

Eunice Apio, Children Born of War in northern Uganda: Kinship, Marriage, and the Politics of Post-conflict Reintegration in Lango society (PhD awarded in 2016).

Postgraduate supervision:

I welcome inquiries from students interested in the history and anthropology of slavery, abolition, and emancipation.

Postgraduate teaching:

At the London School of Economics (2002-2004) I taught the MA version of The Anthropology of Kinship, Sex, and Gender and the Anthropology and Development ‘linking seminars’ for the Anthropology and Development Masters Programme. At the University of Liverpool (2008-2011) I convened the Masters in International Slavery Studies and taught its two core courses: International Slavery I and International Slavery II. At the University of Birmingham (2012-2020) I convened two Masters programmes, respectively, the MA African Studies and the MA Social Research (African Studies). I have taught the MA course Advanced Perspectives for African Studies, and core course Research Skills and Methods in African Studies (RESMAS). I also taught an MA version of Slavery and Freedom in Twentieth Century West Africa. At UCL’s History Department (2020-to date) my teaching is limited because most of my time is committed to the ERC Advanced Project AFRAB, for which I am PI. However I teach the MA seminar course Slavery and Abolition in 19th and 20th Century Africa.  

Undergraduate teaching:

At LSE (2002-2004) I taught The Anthropology of Kinship, Sex, and Gender. At Sussex (2004-2005), I taught Aid and Projects and Concepts of Social Development. At SOAS (2005-2007) I taught Ethnography of a selected region: West Africa. At Liverpool (2008-2011), I taught Sahara and Sudan: Introduction to the History and Historiography of interior West Africa, 1000-1800; West Africa in the Twentieth Century; and contributed teaching to The Atlantic World since 1400. At Birmingham (2012-2020), I taught Introduction to African Societies; Slavery and Freedom in Twentieth Century Africa; and Theory, Ethnography, and Research.