Dr. Kathleen O'Mara received her Ph.D. in African History from Columbia University. Her primary areas of teaching and research are African and Near Eastern history and within those fields her research has focused on urban history and the economic and cultural history of Islamic West and North Africa. She also studied at the Bourguiba Institute, Université de Tunis, taught at the Université d'Alger, Faculté des Arts et Sciences Humaines, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt. She has published on Saharan Studies, particularly on the Sultanate of Ahïr (Niger), African urban history, and sexuality and gender, especially on emergent lgbtiq social networks and communities in West Africa. In addition she researches and publishes on the impact of neoliberal managerialism in US and global higher education, especially on “diversity.” Her other professional activities have included two decades as editor of Praxis: Gender & Cultural Critiques (formerly Phoebe), expert testimony (pro bono) in lgbtiq West African asylum applications in NY, NJ & CA, and consultant on West African economic and community development, e.g., World Bank (Washington D.C.) and local NGOs in West Africa, e.g., BBUD, SSSJE, QAYN. As internship coordinator for the Africana & Latino Studies Dept. she has successfully placed students with varied NGOs and QUANGOs in West Africa. This is in addition to conducting courses in Ghana annually since 2005. Recent publications:
Queering Paradigms III: Queer Impact and Practices. (Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang, 2013) co-edited with Liz Morrish.
“Kodjo Besia, Supi, Yags & Eagles: Being Tacit Subjects in Contemporary Ghana,” Toyin Falola & Nana Akua Amponsah, eds. In Women, Gender and Sexualities in Africa (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic).
“Making Community and Claiming Sexual Citizenship in Contemporary Ghana,” Sybille N. Nyeck & Marc Epprecht eds., in Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory, and Citizenship (McGill-Queens University Press, 2013).
“Tacit Understandings: claiming non-normative citizenship in Ghana,” in Queering Paradigms II: Interrogating Agendas, Burkhard Scherer & Matthew Ball, eds. (Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang, 2011).
“Diversity, Queers and Minoritized Groups in the Neoliberal Academy: discourse matters,” co-authored with Liz Morrish, Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 58 ( Summer, 2011).
Frequently Offered Courses:
104- Intro to African History
281-Islamic Society to 1800
215-Modern Middle East and North Africa
219-Sexualities in Africa since 1800
274-Gender and Power in Africa
292-The City in African History
268 Fitzelle Hall