Professor Lovejoy focuses on the political, economic, and cultural history of Africa and the African diaspora.
Professor Lovejoy teaches courses related to pre-colonial Africa and the history of slavery. Some of the courses he offers include: "Introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa to 1900," "Lost Kingdoms and Caliphates: West Africa to 1900," "Global Human Trafficing," and a writing and methods course called "International Human Rights Courts, 1807-1900."
Professor Lovejoy received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he held multiple awards including a Fulbright-Hays fellowship. His first book, Prieto: Yorùbá Kingship in Colonial Cuba during the Age of Revolutions, is a biography of an enslaved African who rose through the ranks of Spain’s colonial military and eventually led a socio-religious institution at the root of an African-Cuban religion, commonly known as Santería. Professor Lovejoy engages digital humanities methodologies and is currently directing two resources, www.SlaveryImages.org and www.LiberatedAfricans.org. His digital research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, among other awards.
Professor Lovejoy is accepting both M.A. and Ph.D. students.