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Dr. Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., New York University, 2016

Research Areas

Lagos, West Africa, Urban History, Maps and Mapmaking, Spatial Humanities, Historical GIS

Courses Taught

She offers a range of graduate and undergraduate History courses:


New Approaches to Historical Research: Urban History (HIST 250)

Maps: A History of Cartography (HIST 089)

African Cities in Modern History (HIST 138)

Africa: In Fiction, Film & Science Fiction (HIST 139)

The Historian as Detective: Writing African Histories (HIST 001)

Contact Information
Department of History

Trained as both historian and computer engineer, Ademide’s research into the history of African cities combines a set of interdisciplinary interests in African and urban history, technology, cartography and spatial humanities. She joined UCR’s History department in July 2015 and received her PhD in History from NYU in 2016. 


Her current book project, “Imagine Lagos: Mapmaking and Representation in Nineteenth-Century West Africa,” is a spatial history of Lagos between 1845 and 1868, one that takes into account the city’s role as the economic, political and cultural focal point of the Bight of Benin. In particular, it analyzes how coastal West Africans imagined, manipulated and represented Lagos, how they built their homes, compounds, quarters and markets, and even how they destroyed them in tense competitions for political and economic power. Accompanying this book project is a cartographic database, “New Maps of Old Lagos,” which comes out of her research as an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University’s Humanities Research Center. “New Maps” offers visual interpretations of intersecting historical vignettes of nineteenth-century Lagos. These maps narrate urban change in Lagos by documenting and illustrating the effects that civil wars, colonialism, slavery, emancipation and religion had on the city’s urban fabric. Visit:


For her CV and an updated list of current and forthcoming publications, visit



Professional Affiliations:

African Studies Association (ASA), member.

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), member.

Lagos Studies Association, Founding Member

Urban History Association (UHA), member.

Nigerian Studies Association (NSA), Social Media Secretary

American Historical Association (AHA), member.