Benjamin Lawrance is new Editor-in-Chief of ASR

The Executive Board of the African Studies Association has selected Benjamin N. Lawrance as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Africa Studies Review.

benjamin-lawranceJoining him as Editorial Board members are two other GSA members: Akosua Adomako Ampofo and Ben Talton.

“Dr. Lawrance is a prize-winning historian of social justice who studies comparative historical and contemporary slavery, human trafficking, cuisine and globalization, human rights, refugee mobilities, and asylum decision-making. He is the author of two well reviewed monographs, most recently Amistad’s Orphans(Yale 2014), has edited and co-edited nine volumes, most recently Citizenship in Question: Evidentiary Birthright and Statelessnesswith Jacqueline Stevens (Duke, 2016), and Marriage by Force? Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa, with Annie Bunting and Richard L. Roberts (Ohio, 2016), and authored or co-authored over sixty articles, book chapters, and review essays.

As Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Lawrance will oversee a restructuring of the journal and an expansion of outreach and mentoring activities, particularly focusing on emerging Africanist scholars, issues of diversity and representation, and developing synergies with new scholarly developments on the African continent.”  [ASA website]

Read the full announcement here and see Dr. Lawrance’s full profile here.