Ryan Carty

Broadly interested in social, environmental, and technological changes in the Sahel region of West Africa during the 20th century. These interests include the development and impact of mining and agricultural technologies, the emergence of protected areas like game and forestry reserves, and the interplay between medical/scientific interventions and environmental change.

Before graduate school, I worked for a research, monitoring, and evaluation firm (ILC Africa) based in Accra, Ghana. We supported international development projects predominately in education and health by visiting communities and collecting information through interviews, observations, site-visits, etc. Although this work was largely data-driven and ahistorical, it led me to reorient my personal research questions to historical frameworks. The stories people told, I suppose, were more interesting than the answers reported.

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a BA in Science, Technology & Society. My coursework there culminated in a capstone research project on the adaptation of technological systems by local populations in colonial French West Africa. This project was informed by independent research conducted at the National Archives in Dakar, Senegal.

Prior to tertiary education and Africa, I lived in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Year in Program: 1

Fields: Africa (West Africa); Environment; Science and Technology

Advisor: TBD

Committee: TBD

Research Languages: French; Hausa

Educational Background: BA University of Pennsylvania

Email: cartyrya@msu.edu