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Benjamin Talton, PhD


  • Moorland Spingarn Research Center
  • Professor


Dr. Benjamin Talton is the Director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and Professor of African and African Diasporia History. He earned his BA in history at Howard University and his doctorate, also in history, at the University of Chicago. He has published three books: The Politics of Social Change in Ghana: The Konkomba Struggle for Political Equality (Palgrave 2010); Black Subjects in Africa and its Diasporas: Race and Gender in Research and Writing (Palgrave 2011); and, most recently, In This Land of Plenty: Mickey Leland and Africa in American Politics (Penn Press 2019), which won the 2020 Wesley-Logan Prize from the American Historical Association. Prior to his return to Howard University, Dr. Talton was a professor of African History at Temple University, Visiting Senior Lecturer at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, and assistant professor of History at Hofstra University. Dr. Talton is an editor of African Studies Review, the leading North American peer-reviewed African Studies journal, and he serves on the editorial board of American Historical Review, the top-ranked academic journal in North America. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and popular outlets, including The Washington PostJacobinCurrent HistoryThe Journal of Asian and African StudiesThe African Studies ReviewThe ConversationGhana Studies, and Africa Is A Country. Most recently, he is a co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of African American History on "The Black 1980s."

Education & Expertise



Howard University


The University of Chicago