Ralph Callebert teaches global and African history at Virginia Tech. His research interests are in African and global history, global labor history, gender and households, and the informal economy. He is published in Africa, the Journal of Southern African Studies, the Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Labor and Working-Class History, and Australian Humanities Review. His book manuscript in progress is titled "Global Shipping, Local Lives: Rural households, dock labor, and informal trade in apartheid South Africa". His current research explores how we understand labor and work outside the Global North.
He has a Ph.D. in history from Queen’s University in Canada and received an M.A. from the Department of Economic History and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.