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Kwasi N. Boadi

Instructor in History
Michael Ridder '58 Dist. Professor in History


Ph.D. Howard University

M.S. Laurentian University

B.S. University of Cape Coast


Mr. Boadi joined the Exeter faculty in 2006 as a John and Elizabeth Phillips Fellow and instructor in history. He teaches courses in U.S. history, African history and economic development. He is currently the Michael Ridder ’58 Distinguished Professor in History, and the director of Exeter’s exchange program with SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College in Ghana. Initially trained as a science teacher, he decided on a career change from the natural sciences to history and the social sciences, which had been his passion all along. He consequently sought admission to Howard University, from which he obtained his Ph.D. in African studies.

Prior to joining the Exeter faculty, Mr. Boadi was an adjunct assistant professor at the Africana Studies Department of Wellesley College, where he taught a seminar in modern African political thought. He has also taught in various capacities in Washington, D.C., Canada, Nigeria and Ghana. Mr. Boadi’s research interests include development in Africa and African cultural transmission in the Americas.

Mr. Boadi is the author of Obibini Blackman: Dont Play That Song (Outskirts Press, 2012); “Sankofa: Our Collective Moral Obligation — A Response to Arthur Schlesinger’s ‘Folly’s Antidote’” (Exeter Review, Spring 2007); and “The Ontology of Kwame Nkrumah’s Consciencism and the Democratic Theory and Practice in Africa: A Diopian Perspective.” (Journal of Black Studies, vol. 30, no. 4, March 2000, 475- 501). He is a recipient of the Academy’s Charles E. Ryberg Teaching Award (2009).

Mr. Boadi is the dorm head of Kirtland House, where he lives with his wife, Mercy, and son Kwasi ’09. He enjoys reading and listening to the music of Miles Davis, Bob Marley and Hugh Masekela.