Ray A. Kea
Professor Emeritus of History
Ph.D., University of London, 1974
Areas of specialization: pre-colonial West African and Ghanaian economic, cultural, and social history.
Ray Kea was born and raised in Ohio. He received his B.A. degree from Howard University, a diploma in History from the University of Copenhagen, his M.A. with Distinction from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and his Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. After teaching African history for eight years at The Johns Hopkins University, Kea held a joint appointment in African history at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges. He arrived at UCR in the fall of 1991. Kea's research is focused on the history of West Africa and Ghana (i.e. the former Gold Coast and the kingdom of Asante) in the period between the fifteenth and nineteenth century. He is the author of Settlement, Trade, and Polities in the Seventeenth Century Gold Coast and the recently published two volume study A Cultural and Social History of Ghana from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century: The Gold Coast in the Age of Trans-Atlantic Trade. He is currently preparing a study of historical connections between the Mediterranean world and kingdoms of the northern African interior between 1000 BCE and 1350 CE. In addition, he is investigating the historical connection between the Western and Central Sudan of West Africa and the Mediterranean world between the twelfth/thirteenth and sixteenth century.