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Wallace Teska

Wallace Teska

Department of History
Graduation Year: 
2024

Wallace Teska is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History. His research employs written and oral sources in Bamanankan, Arabic, and French to analyze the relationship between law and social change in nineteenth- and twentieth-century francophone West Africa. He is particularly interested in how colonial and postcolonial legal and social landscapes were shaped by interactions between diverse groups, including African litigants, Muslim notables, French colonial officials, and Christian missionaries of various denominations.

To-date, Wallace’s research has taken him to Mali, Senegal, France, and Italy. He has received grants and fellowships from the Center for African Studies, the West African Research Association, the French Colonial Historical Society, and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, among others.
Research Interest(s): 
Legal History and Theory, Social History, Gender and Sexuality, History of Islam and Christianity
Countries of Study: 
Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Senegal