Oluwatoyin Oduntan

Associate Professor


Contact Information

LA 4238
On Leave, Fall 2018


Ph.D., Dalhousie University, 2010

Areas of Expertise

History of Africa


I teach and research African cultural, social and economic histories with specialization on West Africa and Nigeria. I am particularly interested in local narratives and intellectual ideas, which have shaped African societies, and in how these voices and epistemologies have survived in spite of the dominant knowledge production system.

Selected Publications:

“Power Politics among Abeokuta Elites during the 19th century” African Nebula 1 (2010): 12-25.
“Samuel Johnson 1846-1901.” in Encyclopedia of African Thought. Edited by Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
“Obafemi Awolowo.” In Dictionary of African Biography. Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Emmanuel Akyeampong. (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
“Iwe Iroyin and the Representation of the Universal in 19th century Abeokuta,” History in Africa 32, 2 (2005): 295-305.

Recent Book Reviews:

“An Encyclopedic Narration of Yoruba Women.” Yoruba Women, Work and Social Change. By Majorie McIntosh. The Journal of African History, 52, 3(2011): 421-422.

Recent Presentations

“Changing Tides: The Exclusion of Educated Africans from Colonial Service in Lagos, Nigeria, 1890-1930, ” American Historical Association, Annual Meeting 2015.


Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, Canada)Doctoral Award, 2009-2010.
FGS Scholarships, Dalhousie University, Canada, 2006-2009.
Senate Award to the Best Graduating Student in the Faculty of Arts, Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, 1990. 

 FALL 2019
HIST 161 World History Since 1300
HIST 161 World History Since 1300
HIST 205 Ethical Perspectives in History
HIST 328 The Making of Colonial Africa (c. 1884-1994)