Speaker Bios

Kudus Oluwatoyin Adebayo

Research Fellow
University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Omolade Adunbi 

Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies
University of Michigan

Fikayo Akeredolu

PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Oxford

Chris Alden

Professor of International Relations
London School of Economics

Caitlin Barker

PhD Candidate in History
Michigan State University

De-Valera Botchway

Professor of History
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Michael Brenes

Interim Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy
Lecturer in History
Yale University

Jeffrey Byrne

Associate Professor of History
University of British Columbia

Vivien Chang

Henry Chauncey, Jr ’57 Postdoctoral Fellow
Yale University

Hao Chen

Henry Chauncey, Jr ’57 Postdoctoral Fellow
Yale University

Wincharles Coker

Senior Lecturer
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Austin Cooper

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Miriam Driessen

Baldy Center Senior Fellow
SUNY Buffalo

Ruodi Duan

Assistant Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures
Haverford College

David Engerman

Leitner International Interdisciplinary Professor of History and Global Affairs
Yale University

James Gethyn Evans

PhD Candidate in History
Harvard University

Jeremy Friedman

Marvin Bower Associate Professor
Harvard Business School

Yunxiang Gao

Professor of History
Toronto Metropolitan University

Mingwei Huang

Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Dartmouth College

Kevin Keller

PhD Candidate in History
Yale University

Anatol Klass

Predoctoral Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School
PhD Candidate in History, University of California, Berkeley

Christopher J Lee

Professor of African History
The African Institute

Vivian Lu

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Fordham University

Benedito Machava

Assistant Professor of History, Yale University
Faculty Director of the Africa Security Program, Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs

Erez Manela 

Professor of History
Harvard University

Dawn Murphy

Associate Professor of National Security Strategy
The US National War College

Jeffrey Ngo

PhD Candidate in History
Georgetown University

Jorge Njal

Independent Researcher
Maputo, Mozambique

Nana Osei-Opare

Assistant Professor of History
Fordham University

Peng Peng

Postdoctoral Associate in East Asian Studies
Lecturer in Political Science
Yale University

Njuateh Sebastien

PhD Candidate in Political Science
The University of Douala

David Shinn

The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Jodie Sun

Senior Lecturer
Fudan University

Olatunde Taiwo

PhD Candidate in History
The University of Ghana

Harry Verhoeven

Senior Research Scholar
The Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

Arne Westad

Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs, Yale University
Director of International Security Studies, Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs

Bisa Williams

Senior Fellow
Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs

Edward (“Ted”) Wittenstein

Executive Director, International Security Studies
Yale University

Yanqiu Zheng

Program Officer
The Social Science Research Council