University of Pittsburgh

Faculty

Rebecca Shumway

History Department
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
phone: 412-648-7476
fax: 412-648-9074

Education

Ph.D., 2004, Emory University

Dissertation:  Between the Castle and the Golden Stool: Transformations in Fante Society, 1700-1807

Advisor:  Dr. Kristin Mann

M.A., 1999, Emory University

B.A. with Honors in History, Minor in African Studies, 1995, Northwestern University

Special Admissions, 1993-1994, University of Ghana (Legon)

Professional Employment

Assistant Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2006-present

Assistant Professor of History, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, August 2005-August 2006

Lecturer, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, August 2004-June 2005

Lecturer, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, June 2004

Lecturer, Metro State College of Denver, Denver, CO, January 2004 to May 2004

Publications

Books

"The Fante and the Transatlantic Slave Trade", University of Rochester Press (2011).

Refereed Journal Articles/Book Chapters

"The Fante Shrine of Nananom Mpow and the Atlantic Slave Trade in Southern Ghana,” International Journal of African Historical Studies 44:1 (2011).

"Akan Identities in the Precolonial Era," in Kwabena Akurang-Parry, ed., Festschrift in Honor of Kwame Arhin. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers, forthcoming.

"Pre-Colonial Political Systems," in Thomas Spear, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in African Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Other Articles

"Abolition of the Slave Trade: Repercussions in Africa,” Islas: Official Publication of the Afro-Cuban Alliance, Inc. 2, no. 8 (2007): 35-38.

Entries in Reference Works

"Accra,” “Asante,” “Gold Coast,” “Interlopers,” “Kormantyn,” “Royal Africa Company,” “Trade Forts,” Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage (Toyin Falola and Amanda Warnock,eds.) Greenwood Press, 2007.

Reviews

Review of William H. Worger, Nancy L. Clark and Edward A. Alpers, Africa and the West: A Documentary History, in H-Net Reviews, (https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=30970)

Review of Gracia Clark, African Market Women: Seven Life Stories from Ghana, in International Journal of African Historical Studies 43, 1 (2010) 395-97

Review of Turner, Jack. Spice: The History of a Temptation. New York: Knopf, 2004, for Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, XXIX.3 (2005): 140-42. 

Works in Progress

"The Fante in the Nineteenth Century," book-length research project in progress

"Fante and Asante in the Precolonial Era," chapter in progress for the forthcoming Festschrift in honor of Kwame Arhin, edited by Dr. Kwabena Akurang-Parry

"The Changing Identity of Fante Elites in the Era of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade," chapter in progress for the forthcoming volume Moving Communities and Networks in the Era of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, edited by Dr. Ana Lucia Araujo

"The 'Castle Slaves' of the Gold Coast (Ghana)," paper submitted to Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies

"Early African Nationalists or Atlantic Creoles? Reassessing the History of the Fante in the Nineteenth Century," paper in progress for submission to History of Africa: A Journal of Method

Grants, Fellowships & Honors

Finalist for the Herskovits Prize (the best book on Africa published in the previous year in the fields of History, Political Science, Art History, Anthropology and Literature), 2012

University of Pittsburgh nominee to compete for an NEH Summer Stipends award, 2012

World History Center Faculty Research Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2011, $2,000

Provost's Faculty Diversity Seminar Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2011, $1,500

NEH Summer Seminar Grant, “Roots: African Dimensions of the History and Cultures of the Americas (Through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade),” Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2009

New Course Development Grant, African Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, 2008

Faculty Research Grant, College of Graduate Studies & Research, Minnesota State University, 2006

Robert W. Woodruff Library Graduate Fellowship, Emory University, 2002-2003

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant, Ghana, 2000-2001

Matthews Fellowship for dissertation research, Department of History, Emory University, 1999-2000

Gilder Lehrman Institute Fellowship,1998

Emory University Fund for Internationalization, Pre-Dissertation Research Grant, Ghana, 1998

African Studies Program, Indiana University, Summer FLAS Fellowship, 1997

Department of History, Emory University, Four-Year Fellowship, 1996-2000

Grace Douglas Johnston Award for best Honors Thesis in History, Northwestern University, 1995

Phi Beta Kappa, Northwestern University, 1995

Courses Taught

Roots: African Dimensions of the History and Cultures of the Americas
Graduate Seminar, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2010

History of Africa Before 1800
University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2009

West Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade
University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2008

Spiritual Crossings in the Atlantic World
Graduate Seminar, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2007

Writing Seminar for History Majors
University of Pittsburgh, 2007, 2008, 2009

The West and the World
University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2007

History of Africa Since 1800
University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008.

Modern Africa
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Spring 2006

African History
Minnesota State University, Mankato, Fall 2005

World Civilizations, 1500 to Present
Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2005-2006

History of Africa to 1850
Appalachian State University, Fall 2004

World Civilization I
Appalachian State University, Fall 2004

Pre-Colonial Africa
Colorado State University, Summer 2004

World History Since 1500
Metropolitan State College of Denver, Spring 2004

Africans & Europeans in the Making of the Modern World
Emory University, Fall 1999

Professional Conferences

"Sex and Desertion in the Gold Coast Slave Trade: Re-examining the Roles of ‘Castle Slaves,’” paper presented at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, January 2011.

"Gender, Race and Freedom: Ambiguous Identities among the ‘Castle Slaves’ of the Gold Coast (Ghana) in the Era of the Slave Trade,” paper presented at the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction (FEEGI) Conference, Durham, NC, February 19-20, 2010.

"If I Had a Pickaxe: Uncovering the Cultural History of Fanteland in the Era of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade,” paper presented at the symposium, “Common Ground, Different Meanings: Archaeology, History and the Interpretation of the African Past,” Syracuse University, October 8-10, 2009.

"The ‘Castle Slaves’ of the Gold Coast in the Era of the Slave Trade,” paper presented at the biennial conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), Accra, Ghana, 5 August 2009.

"Tools of Unification Among the Fante: The Shrine of Nananom Mpow in the Era of the Slave Trade,” paper presented at the workshop Africa, Europe and the Americas, 1500-1700, International Institute for Advanced Studies, Accra, Ghana, 24 July 2009.

"Fante in the Atlantic World,” paper presented at the African Studies Research Group meeting, West Virginia University, 26 April 2008.

Commentator, The Slave Ship in History and Literature: A Conversation with Barry Unsworth and Marcus Rediker, University of Pittsburgh, 2 April 2008.

"The Shrine of Nananom Mpow and the Consolidation of Fante Ethnic Identity,” paper presented at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2006.

"The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Creation of Ethnic Identity in Africa: A Case Study of the Fante of Ghana,” paper presented at the African History Symposium: Perspectives on the Evolution of State and Society in Ghana, Department of History, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 7 April 2006.

"Who are the Fante of Ghana?” paper presented at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2004.

"Violence and Social Change in Ghana’s Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade,” paper presented at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 8 December 2002.

"Transformation Within the Asafo (“Warriors”) Institution of Ghana, 1700-2000,” paper presented at the South Eastern Regional Seminar on African Studies, East Carolina University, 13 October 2001.

"18th Century Fanteland and the Atlantic World: a Research Proposal,” paper presented at the Institute of African Studies Seminar, University of Ghana (Accra), October 19, 2000.

"How Africa Exploited Europe:  Regulation and Manipulation in the Atlantic Trade on the Gold Coast,” paper presented at the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction, Flagler College, February 2000.

Invited Guest Participant, Transatlantic Slaving and the African Diaspora:Using the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Dataset of Slaving Voyages, Williamsburg, VA, September 1998.

"John Currantee and the Consolidation of Power in 18th Century Fanteland,” paper presented at the SSHRCC/UNESCO Summer Institute - Identifying Enslaved Africans:  the “Nigerian” Hinterland and the African Diaspora, York University (Toronto), August 1997.

Research Experience

Public Record Office, London, Papers of the Africa Companies (T-70), 2003, 2006

Rhodes House Library, Oxford, 2006

Bodleian Library, Oxford, 2006

Historical Archive Processing Assistant for the J.R. Coan Papers, Special Collections, Emory University, 2002-2003

Fulbright-Hays Scholar, research in the Ghana National Archives at Accra and Cape Coast, and conducting oral interviews in the Central Region of Ghana, 2000-2001

Languages

French, Intermediate Level

Asante Twi, Elementary Level

Professional Associations

African Studies Association

Ghana Studies Council

Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction

American Historical Association

Historian and Executive Committee Member, Phi Beta Kappa Chapter Xi of Pennsylvania, 2008