Isaac Junior Kwarteng

Graduate Student

Isaac Junior Kwarteng is a Ph.D student at the Department of History, Princeton University. He is interested in Colonialism, Anti-Colonialism, Decolonization, and Post-Colonial History of Africa, especially West Africa. His current research explores the intersection between colonialism and local (traditional) politics in the Gold Coast, now Ghana. Isaac seeks to investigate how colonialism presented both an opportunity and a constraint to African local leaders to understand the extent to which colonial rule influenced local political.

Before joining the Department of History at Princeton University, Isaac earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with First Class Honors in History from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He is also the recipient of the University of Cape Coast History Department’s prizes for Best Graduating Student of History and Best Graduating Student of African History (all in 2019). Between September 2019 and August 2020, Isaac served as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of History, University of Cape Coast, where he taught courses such as Early West African History; History of Ottoman North Africa; History of Ghana up to the Twentieth century; and a Comparative History of Russia and USA up to the First World War. Isaac also has interest in Slavery and Emancipation and the general History of the Black Atlantic.

Year of Study
Third Year
Area of Interest
Colonialism & Post Colonialism
Environmental History
Oral History
Social History
War & Society
Home Department & Other Affiliations
17th & 18th Centuries
19th Century
20th Century
Sub-Saharan Africa