• B.A., Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal 1996
  • M.A., Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal 1998
  • M.L.I.S., Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal 1999
  • D.E.A., Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal 2000
  • Graduate Certificate, University of Amsterdam 2006
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University 2008
Courses Taught
  • HIST 231: The Making of Africa
  • HIST 232: Africa from Colonization to Globalization
  • HIST 301: Islam and Societies in Africa
  • HIST 201: History of the African and African American Connections
  • HIST 101: West Africa and the World
  • HIST 101: History of Islam
  • FYSM 101: Africa and COVID-19
  • FYSM 101: Being Young and African in the 21st Century
  • FYSM 101: The Youth in Recent African History Through Film and Literature
  • “Slavery, History, and Memory: A Report on the African Burial Ground in New York City”, PHARE: Patrimoine & Histoire en Afrique : Recherches et Expériences, No. 2, August 2008, pp. 12-15.
  • “A Critical Approach of the Community College Model in the Global Order: The College Universitaire Régional of Bambey (Senegal) as a Case Study”, in Rosalind Latiner Raby and Edward Valeau, (eds.), Community College Models, Globalization, and Higher Education Reform, Springer, 2009 (co-author: Barrel Gueye).
  • “Colonisation française et exploitation de la main-d’œuvre carcérale au Sénégal : De l’emploi des détenus des camps pénaux sur les chantiers des travaux routiers, (1927-1940)”, French Colonial History, Vol. 5, 2004, pp. 153-171.
  • “Sénégal: un système pénitentiaire en crise. Acteurs et enjeux des débats en cours”. Revue Française d’Histoire d’Outre-Mer, t.86, n°324-325, 1999, p.124-148. (co-authors: Ibrahima Thioub, Babacar Ba)
  • An A-Z of African Studies on the Internet [A regularly updated and widely-cited and used Internet guide to African studies] ( (co-author: Peter Limb)
  • “The Prison of Saint-Louis: French Expansion, Social Control, and Early Development of the Penitentiary Institution in Senegal, 1834-1895,” in Emily Clark, Cécile Duval, and Ibrahima Thioub, eds. New Orleans, Louisiana, and Saint-Louis, Senegal: Mirror Cities in the Atlantic World, 1659–2000s, Louisiana State University Press, 2019, pp. 103-124
Professional Affiliations
  • Association of African Historians
  • African Studies Association (ASA)
  • West African Research Association (WARA) (Member of the Board of Directors – 2010-2013)
  • The French Colonial Historical Society
  • Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherches sur la Marginalite et l’Exclusion au Sénégal (GERMES), Dept. of History, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal
  • Association Senegalaise des Bibliothécaires, Archivistes, et Documentalistes (ASBAD) [Senegalese Library and Information Science Association]
  • Global Liberal Arts Alliance Exchange Program, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Ifrane, Morocco, June 25-July 3, 2010.
  • Henry Luce III Fund for Distinguished Scholarship Award, The College of Wooster, 2011
  • The Ralston Faculty Development Grant, The College of Wooster, 2009
  • Donald Lammers Graduate Award, Department of History, Michigan State University, 2007
  • Summer Research Enhancement Award, Department of History, Michigan State University, 2007
  • NFP Fellowship, Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education, 2006
  • SSRC-ACLS International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (IDRF), 2005-2006
  • W.J. Eccles Prize, The French Colonial Historical Society, 2004
  • Graduate Student International Travel Grant (GSITG), International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University, Summer 2002
  • Graduate Teaching Award, Department of History, Michigan State University, Fall 2001
  • West African Research Association Travel Grant, Spring 2001
  • MA Thesis Writing Grant, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), 1996