Benjamin Talton

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Benjamin Talton is the director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Professor of History at Howard University. His research and writing explore histories of the African Diaspora, ethnicity and politics in Ghana, and the intersection of African and African American politics and popular culture in the 20th Century. He has taught at Temple University, Hofstra University, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, where he was a senior visiting lecturer and scholar-in-residence. He is the author of three books: The Politics of Social Change in Ghana: The Konkomba Struggle for Political Equality (2010); Black Subjects in Africa and its Diasporas: Race and Gender in Research and Writing (2011); and In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics, which won the 2020 Wesley-Logan Prize from the American Historical Association. He is an editor of African Studies Review, the leading North American peer-reviewed African Studies journal. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and popular outlets, including The Washington Post, Jacobin, Current History, The Journal of Asian and African Studies, The African Studies Review, The Conversation, Ghana Studies, and Africa Is A Country.

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