Ismail Rashid

Professor of History on the Marion Musser Lloyd '32 Chair
Ismail O. D. Rashid wearing a light blue collared shirt and blue jacket against a light background.

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
Abroad for the Fall Semester


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

In the Media

Rwanda Summer Program Group Selfie

Vassar and the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), a recently established medical school in Rwanda, have been engaged over the past three years in initiatives that benefit both institutions. The partnership has shown how the liberal arts can enhance health care.

Interior of Chapel with the audience for Convocation

Convocation officially kicked off the academic year on August 31. The Convocation address, “How I Got Medieval: From First Gen to PhD,” was delivered by Professor of History Nancy Bisaha.


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