Ph.D., Harvard University, 2015 (expected)
Areas of specialization: African History (18th and 19th Century Guinea, Mali, Senegal), Material Culture, Global History.
Jody Benjamin joined the History Department in 2015. He will receive his doctoral degree from Harvard University in the Department of African and African American Studies. Before Harvard, he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Non-Fiction Writing from Columbia University and a Bachelors of Art degree in Black Studies and French from Oberlin College. His research and teaching focus on African history, African Diaspora studies, material culture studies, spatial analysis, networks and global history. His interests are in advancing innovative, interdisciplinary methodologies for research in African history. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript about textile trading that examines relationships between global exchange, consumption and social change in 18th century West Africa, including parts of contemporary Guinea (Conakry), Senegal, Mali and Sierra Leone.