SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr John Parker

BA PhD (London)
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John Parker
Centre of African Studies


Dr John Parker
Email address:
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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.

Current Committee Membership

  • Governing Body
  • Academic Board
  • Arts & Humanities Faculty Board
  • Learning & Teaching Quality Committee

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


Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Brandi Simpson Miller, A Social History of Food and Cooking in Ghana in the 19th Century
  • Senem Gökel, Leprosy, Empire and Exclusion: the case of Cyprus under Ottoman and British rules, late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries


Urban History; Coastal History; North-South cultural flows


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Available for
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Parker, John (2019) In My Time of Dying: A History of Death and the Dead in West Africa. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [Forthcoming]

Parker, John and Rathbone, Richard (2007) African History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Allman, Jean and Parker, John (2005) Tongnaab: The History of a West African God. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Parker, John (2000) Making the town: Ga state and society in early colonial Accra. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.


Parker, John (2006) 'Northern Gothic: Witches, Ghosts and Werewolves in the Savanna Hinterland of the Gold Coast, 1900s-1950s'. Africa, (76) 3, pp 352-80.

Parker, John (2004) 'Witchcraft, Anti-Witchcraft and Trans-Regional Ritual Innovation in Early Colonial Ghana: Sakrabundi and Aberewa, 1889-1910'. Journal of African History, (45) 3, pp 393-420.

Edited Books or Journals

Reid, Richard and Parker, John, (eds.), (2013) The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

Reid, Richard and Parker, John (2013) 'Introduction. African Histories: past, present and future'. In: Parker, John and Reid, Richard, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Modern African History. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Parker, John (2005) 'Tongnaab and Nana Tongo in the Religious Landscape of Twentieth-Century Ghana'. In: Hansen, J and van, R, (eds.), Religious Modernities in West Africa. Bamenda, Cameroon: Langaa Rpcig.

Parker, John (2000) 'The cultural politics of death and burial in early colonial Accra'. In: Anderson, D and Rathbone, R, (eds.), Africa's Urban Past. James Currey, pp 205-221.

Parker, John (1998) 'Mankraloi, Merchants and mulattos: Carl Reidorf and the politics of "race" in early colonial Accra'. In: Jenkins, P, (ed.), The Recovery of the West African Past: African Pastors and African History in the Nineteenth Century. Basler Afrika Bibliographien, pp 31-47.


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