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Colonist Strategies in the Making of the Oyo Empire (West Africa), ca. 1590-1790

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Dr. Akin Ogundiran is Chair of the Africana Studies Department and Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology & History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He has previously taught in the Department of History at Florida International University, Miami and University of Benin (Nigeria). As an archaeological anthropologist and cultural historian, his primary research interests focus broadly on emergent societies and social complexity in Yorubaland, Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora over the past 700 years. He has also written on historiography, Black Intellectual Thought, modernity,social sustainability, and cultural heritage issues. He has authored and edited several publications, including Archaeology and History in Ilare District, 1200-1900 (Cambridge Monograph in African Archaeology 55, 2002); Precolonial Nigeria (Africa World Press, 2005); Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora (Indiana University Press, 2007), with Toyin Falola; Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2012), with Cameron Monroe; and, with Paula Saunders, Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic (Indiana University Press, 2014), which won Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015.

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