Jean Allman teaches African history at Washington University, where she is the J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities and directs the Center for the Humanities. Allman’s research and published work have focused primarily on West African history, which she has approached through a range of thematically diverse, yet overlapping topics: nation and national identity, gender and colonialism, fashion and the politics of clothing, and the modernity and mobility of indigenous belief systems.
Allman is the author of The Quills of the Porcupine: Asante Nationalism in an Emergent Ghana, “I Will Not ho Eat Stone”: A Women’s History of Colonial Asante (with Victoria Tashjian), andTongnaab: The History of a West African God (with John Parker) and has edited and introduced several collections, including Fashioning Africa: Power and the Politics of Dress. Her research on gender, colonialism, nationalism, and social change has been supported by Fulbright-Hays, the NEH, the SSRC, and the ACLS and has appeared in a range of journals, including the Journal of African History, Africa, Gender and History, the Journal of Women’s History, History Workshop Journal, the International Journal of African Historical Studies, and Souls. She co-edits, with Allen Isaacman and Derek Peterson, the New African Histories book series at Ohio University Press and for six years edited the Journal of Women’s History with Antoinette Burton.