African History Workshop - Abena Dove Osseo-Asare

African History Workshop
Event date: 
October 4, 2019 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Abena Dove Osseo-Asare
University of Texas
Seminar Series: 
African History Workshop

Title to be announced

Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, University of Texas

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Abena Dove Osseo-Asare is an historian of medicine and science who focuses on cases in African societies. Her first book, Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa (University of Chicago Press, 2014) is a study of six plants which scientists in Ghana, South Africa, Madagascar and other countries sought to transform into new pharmaceuticals. It received the 2015 Melville J. Herskovits Prize in African Studies, the American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch 2015 Book Award, and the 2014 Choice Magazine Academic Titles Book Award.

Her new book, Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in Africa after Independence is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in October 2019. This study examines the history of Ghana's nuclear program since the 1960s and the role of Ghanaian scientists in extending radiation protection services.

Abena Dove received her PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She has received awards from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Hellman Family Foundation. Previously, she taught in the History Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Osseo-Asare is a faculty associate of the new Health and Society major in the College of Liberal Arts. She holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Population Health at Dell Medical School.

Ray Raymond Thornton