Gariba Al-Abdul Korah

Professor of History


Ph.D.African HistoryUniversity of Minnesota
M.A.African HistoryUniversity of Minnesota
Grad. Dip.Records ManagementUniversity of Ghana (Legon)
B.A. (Hons)History/ArchaeologyUniversity of Ghana (Legon)

Professional Experience

The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York

  • Professor of History, Department of History and Political Science, 2015-Present
  • Associate Professor of History, Department of History and Political Science, 2010-2014
  • Assistant Professor of History, Department of History & Political Science, 2004-2009

Teaching Interests

Professor Abdul-Korah joined the Department of History and Political Science at The College of Saint Rose in 2004 and teaches various graduate and undergraduate courses in African and African-American history including:

  • Economic and Social History of Africa
  • Gender, Colonialism and the Family Economy in Africa
  • Social History of African Women
  • African History, 1800 to Present
  • Ancient Civilizations of Africa
  • African-American History to 1877
  • Islam in West Africa
  • Peoples and Cultures of Africa

Research/Creative Works

Professor Abdul-Korah’s academic/research interests focus broadly on issues of migration, gender and the family economy, identity politics and development in sub-Saharan Africa. He is interested in how ordinary men and women build communities across time and space, and the implications of uneven-development for the post-colonial state.

He is also interested in how women in sub-Saharan Africa survive from day-to-day, their access to productive resources, opportunities opened to them and the problems they face as wives and mothers. He is particularly interested in marriage — whether it is an avenue of constraint or one that opens vistas of opportunity for African women. He is also interested in international labor migration policies, human rights and child labor in Africa.

He has published several articles, including “Where Is Not Home?: Dagaaba Migrants in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana,” “Ka Biε Ba Yor: Labor Migration among the Dagaaba of the Upper West Region of Ghana,” “‘If It’s Your Money, I Will pay and Go:’ Shifting and Contested Significance of Bride-price Payments among the Dagaaba of Northwest Ghana” and “‘Now If You Have Only Sons, You Are Dead:’ Migration, Gender and the Family Economy in Northwestern Ghana,” among others.