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Rebecca Shumway

Assistant Professor

Address: Maybank Hall, Room 213
Office Hours: W 2-5 and by appointment
E-mail: shumwayr@cofc.edu


Dr. Rebecca Shumway received her PhD in African History from Emory University in 2004.  She is a specialist in the history of precolonial West Africa and the Atlantic world. 

Dr. Shumway’s first book, The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (Rochester 2011) examines the history of the Fante society of coastal Ghana during the eighteenth century.  In 2012, the book was selected as a finalist for the African Studies Association’s distinguished Herskovits Book Prize, which honors the best books on Africa published in the previous year in the fields of History, Political Science, Art History, Anthropology and Literature.

She is co-editor with Trevor Getz of Slavery and its Legacy in Ghana and the Diaspora (Bloomsbury Academic 2017), a collection of essays that examine the history of slavery and emancipation in Ghana and their ongoing legacies.

Dr. Shumway is currently working on a book about the evolution of anti-racist intellectual discourse and Black identity on the Gold Coast (Ghana) in the nineteenth century.


Education

PhD, Emory University, 2004

BA, Northwestern University, 1995

Special Admissions - University of Ghana, 1993-94


Research Interests

Precolonial Africa

West Africa

Atlantic World

Slave Trade

African Diaspora


Courses Taught

Precolonial Africa

The Atlantic World and AfricaWest Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade

Africa in Pre-Modern World History

Tribes Polities and Empires

Africa and the Transatlantic Slave Trade


Honors and Awards

2016. Faculty Research and Development Award, College of Charleston

2012.  Finalist for the Herskovits Prize (the best book on Africa published in the previous year in the fields of History, Political Science, Art History, Anthropology and Literature)

2000.  Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant, Ghana

1995.  Phi Beta Kappa, Northwestern University


Publications

“Exploiting British Ambivalence toward Africa: Fante Sovereignty in the Early 19th Century,” chapter in Kate Fullagar and Michael McDonnell, eds., Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age, 1760-1840, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018.

Slavery and its Legacy in Ghana and the Diaspora, ed. with Trevor Getz, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2017.

“Anti-Slavery in Nineteenth Century Fanteland,” chapter in Rebecca Shumway and Trevor Getz, eds., Slavery and its Legacy in Ghana and the Diaspora, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2017, pp. 85-104.

“Ghana and the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” chapter in Rebecca Shumway and Trevor Getz, eds., Slavery and its Legacy in Ghana and the Diaspora, Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2017, pp. 29-45.

“Ghana,” with Jeremy Pool, in Thomas Spear, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies. Oxford University Press, 2017. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/african-studies

 “From Atlantic Creoles to African Nationalists: Reflections on the Historiography of Nineteenth-Century Fanteland,” History in Africa: A Journal of Method, 42 (2015): 139-164.

“Palavers and Treaty-Making in the British Acquisition of the Gold Coast Colony (West Africa).” In Empire by Treaty: Negotiating European Expansion, 1600-1900, edited by Saliha Belmessous, 161-185. Oxford University Press, 2015.

“Castle Slaves of the Eighteenth Century Gold Coast,” Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, 35: 1 (2014): 84-98.

“Pre-Colonial Political Systems,” in Thomas Spear, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies. Oxford University Press, 2013. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/african-studies

The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, University of Rochester Press (Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora), 2011.

“The Fante Shrine of Nananom Mpow and the Atlantic Slave Trade in Southern Ghana,” International Journal of African Historical Studies, 44: 1 (2011): 27-44.