Ryan Carty

Headshot of Ryan CartyI am a second year Ph.D. student in the History Department at Michigan State University. I situate my research within the fields of African history and technology studies with a specific focus on Hausa communities in the White Volta and Oti River regions of West Africa from the 1890s to 1960s. I am interested in skilled work related to technologies and technological processes and the influence of skilled work on cultural, social, and economic changes in the region. My research includes reading texts and talking to people.

Before graduate school, I worked for a research, monitoring, and evaluation firm (ILC Africa) based in Accra, Ghana where I did project management and all things data.

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a BA in Science, Technology, and Society. I am from Greensboro, North Carolina.

Year in Program: 2

Fields: African History (West Africa); Science, Technology, and Environment; World History

Advisors: Nwando Achebe; Jamie Monson

Committee: Glenn Chambers; Walter Hawthorne

Research Languages: English; French; Hausa (Ajami)

Educational Background: BA University of Pennsylvania 2013

Email: cartyrya@msu.edu