Henry Lovejoy
Assistant Professor
Early Modern Africa / African Diaspora

Hellems 352


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 of West Africa," "Human Trafficking in Global Perspectives," "Revolutions in the Atlantic World," and a writing and methods course called "International Human Rights Courts, 1807-1900." He also teaches graduate courses in Digital History, such as "Mapping the Past Using Digital Cartography," among others which provide overviews of digital methods and technologies.  

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. He is co-editor of the volume Liberated Africans and the Abolition of the Slave Trade, 1807-1896. He is currently working on his second monograph, The Collapse of Ọ̀yọ́and the Creation of the Yorùbá: An Illustrative History, which is under contract with Brill. Professor Lovejoy engages digital humanities methodologies and is currently directing three resources, www.SlaveryImages.org;  www.LiberatedAfricans.org; and www.YorubaDiaspora.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. He also sits on the advisory for the Black American West Museum & Heritage Centre in Five Points, Denver.

 Professor Lovejoy is accepting both M.A. and Ph.D. students.