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Dr. Joseph Davey

Dr. Joseph Davey

Dr. Joseph Davey

LecturerHistory, Humanities, and Languages


Joseph Davey began teaching at UHD in Fall 2016. He earned his B.A. in History from Michigan State University in 2006 and his Ph.D. in West African History from Michigan State University in 2015.

Degrees Earned

Ph.D., History, Michigan State University, 2015

B.A., History, Michigan State University, 2006

Courses Taught

  • HIST 1305: United States History to 1877
  • HIST 1306: United States History after 1877
  • HIST 2316: World History II

Experience Qualifications

Joe Davey is a scholar of West African history. His research interests include Atlantic World trade networks, migrations and movements in Africa and the Atlantic, Atlantic Slavery, African slavery and the transition from slave trading to produce trading in the 19th century Africa. His research examines the economic, political, social and religious connections forged between the Igbo hinterland of Southeastern Nigeria and the Eastern Niger Delta during the 19th century. His dissertation utilizes the life history of King Jaja of Opobo to draw attention to the often overlooked relationships fostered between the hinterland and coast by slaves, many of whom had taken advantage of opportunities for mobility in political and economic life in the Eastern Niger Delta state of Bonny.

More Information

Dr. Davey's work, to date, focuses primarily on the life history of King Jaja of Opobo. In addition to his dissertation, Dr. Davey has published a book review for the Journal of West African History and has a forthcoming entry with the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. He has presented at the African Studies Association Annual Conference, received numerous Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, and is fluent in Igbo and Pidgin English.