Ismail Rashid

Professor of History

Ismail Rashid grew up in Freetown, Sierra Leone and has been teaching at Vassar College since 1998. He received his BA Hons in Classics and History from the University of Ghana, MA in Race Relations from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada and PhD in African History from McGill University. His primary teaching interests are pre-colonial and modern African history, African diaspora and Pan-Africanism, and international relations. His research interests include subaltern resistance against colonialism, public health, and conflicts and security in contemporary Africa.

BA, University of Ghana; MA, Wilfrid Laurier University; PhD, McGill University
At Vassar since 1998


Swift Hall
Box 356
Tues. 12-3 & By Email Appointment,


AFRS/HIST 272 Modern African History
AFRS/HIST 285 Art, Spirituality and Power in Precolonial African History
AFRS/HIST 374 The African Diaspora

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Ismail O. D. Rashid
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