Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies

Dr John Parker

Key information

BA PhD (London)
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John is Senior Lecturer in the History of Africa at SOAS. He is the author of ‘Making the Town: Ga State and Society in Early Colonial Accra’, ‘Tongnaab: The History of a West African God’ and ‘African History: A Very Short Introduction’. He is currently researching a book on the history of death and burial in Ghana and is editing ‘The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History’ with his colleague Richard Reid.


Previous PhD Students

Thomas Edward Cadogan, 'Students And Schools In The Southern Highlands: Education In Tanzania, 1890s To The Present', 2007

Ama Barbara Biney, 'The Intellectual Thought Of Kwame Nkrumah', 2007

Enrique Sang Okenve-Martinez, 'Equatorial Guinea 1927-1979: A New African Tradition', 2007

Jonathan Mamu Ayuba, 'Social And Economic Change In Colonial North-Central Nigeria: The History Of Akwanga Division, 1911-11960', 2007

Wilson Kwame Yayoh, 'Local Government In Ewedome, British Trust Territory Of Togoland (Ghana), 1920s To 1970s', 2010

Maria Da Conceicao M Neto, 'In Town and Out of Town: A Social History of Huambo (Angola) 1902-1961', 2013

Research interests

Urban History; Coastal History; North-South cultural flows

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Miss Senem Gökel Leprosy, Empire and Exclusion: the case of Cyprus under Ottoman and British rules, late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries
Ms Brandi Simpson Miller A Social History of Food and Cooking in Ghana in the 19th Century


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