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Presidential Fellow at Northwestern University, Northwestern University

Bright Gyamfi is a Presidential Fellow at Northwestern University and an incoming Assistant Professor of History at the University of California San Diego. Gyamfi’s research sits at the intersection of West African and African Diaspora intellectual history, nationalism, Pan-Africanism, Black internationalism, and economic development. He writes on African intellectuals who worked to transform and radicalize the study of Africa in academic and intellectual centers around the Atlantic. He has received research fellowships and grants from several organizations and institutions, including the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright-IIE, the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, Northwestern University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Notre Dame. His work has appeared in the Journal of African American History, African Studies Review, Africa is a Country, and The Conversation. He holds a BA in History (Honors) and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.


  • –present
    doctoral candidate, Northwestern University