PhD, History, Michigan State University
BA, African Studies, McGill University


  • On Trans-Saharan Trails: Islamic Law, Trade Networks and Cross-Cultural Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Western Africa (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Co-Edited Volume
  • With Graziano Kratli, The Trans-Saharan Book Trade: Arabic Literacy, Manuscript Culture, and Intellectual History in Islamic Africa (Leiden: Brill, 2011).
Research Articles
  • “Die Saharischen Schulen in der Geschichte Mauretaniens” (Saharan Schools in the History of Mauritania), Kathrin Moller, trans. INAMO: Informationsprojekt Naher und Mittlerer Osten, 2010 (61), 34-38.
  • ” “A Paper Economy of Faith without Faith in Paper: A Reflection on Islamic Institutional History.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 71 (2009), 647-59.
  • “Contracting Caravans: Partnership and Profit in Nineteenth-Century Trans-Saharan Trade.” Journal of Global History , vol. 3, no. 1 (2008).
  • “Droit islamique et droits de la femme d’après les registres du Tribunal des Musulmans de Ndar (St. Louis du Sénégal), 1850s-1920s.”Canadian Journal of African Studies , vol. 41, no. 2 (2007)
  • “Islamic Legal Culture and Slave Ownership Contests in Nineteenth-Century Sahara.” International Journal of African Historical Studies vol. 40, no. 3 (2007).
  • “Slavery, Exchange and Islamic Law: A Glimpse from the Archives of Mali and Mauritania.” African Economic History , vol. 33 (2005), 115-146.
  • “Writing Trans-Saharan History: Methods, Sources and Interpretations across the African Divide” Journal of North African Studies , Vol. 10, No. 3-4 (2005), 293-324.
  • ““The Unraveling of a Neglected Source: Women in Francophone West Africa in the 1930s,” Cahiers d’Études Africaines . Vol. 147, XXXVII (1997), 555-584.