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Saheed Aderinto

Saheed Aderinto


Associate Professor
Department of History

Phone: 828-227-3868
Office Address: McKee 227B


Professor Saheed Aderinto received his B.A. from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (2004) and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (2010). He has authored or edited six books including, Guns and Society in Colonial Nigeria: Firearms, Culture, and Public Order (Indiana University Press, 2018) and When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958 (University of Illinois Press, 2015)--Winner of the 2016 Nigerian Studies Association's Book Award Prize for the “most important scholarly book on Nigeria published in English language." His other books include, Children and Childhood in Colonial Nigerian Histories (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, edited); African Kingdoms: An Encyclopedia of Empires and Civilizations (ABC-CLIO, 2017, edited); Nigeria, Nationalism, and Writing History (University of Rochester Press, 2010, co-authored); and The Third Wave of Historical Scholarship on Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Ayodeji Olukoju (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, co-edited). In addition, his works have appeared in leading Africanist and specialist journals including, the Canadian Journal of African Studies; Journal of the History of Sexuality; Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History; History in Africa: A Journal of Method; Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies; Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute; the Journal of Social History; and the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, among others. A Senior Research Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa, Aderinto has authored thirty-five journal articles and book chapters, forty encyclopedia articles, and nineteen book reviews. He is the Founding President of the Lagos Studies Association, sits on the editorial board of nine international journals, and a member of the “College of Senior Academic Mentors” of CODESRIA’s African Diaspora Support to African Universities Program. His on-going book-length project examines the place of animals or human-animal relations in Nigerian history.

Courses Taught:

HIST 107: World Cultures in Historical Perspective
HIST 308: African Diaspora
HIST 511: Western Imperialism since 1500
HIST 308: Africa before 1880
HIST 308: Africa since 1880
HIST 693: Postcolonialisms (Graduate Seminar)
HIST 693: African Historiography (Graduate Seminar)

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