International Journal of African Historical Studies

IJAHS-smallAbout the Journal

The International Journal of African Historical Studies (IJAHS) is devoted to the study of the African past. Norman Bennett was the founder and guiding force behind the journal’s growth from its first incarnation at Boston University as African Historical Studies in 1968. He remained its editor for more than thirty years. The title was expanded to the International Journal of African Historical Studies in 1972, when Africana Publishers Holmes and Meier took over publication and distribution for the next decade. Beginning in 1982, the African Studies Center once again assumed full responsibility for production and distribution. Jean Hay served as the journal’s production editor from 1979 to 1995, and editor from 1998 to her retirement in 2005. Michael DiBlasi is the current editor, and James McCann and Diana Wylie are associate editors of the journal. Members of the editorial board include: Emmanuel Akyeampong, Peter Alegi, Misty Bastian, Sara Berry, Barbara Cooper, Marc Epprecht, Lidwien Kapteijns, Meredith McKittrick, Pashington Obang, David Schoenbrun, Heather Sharkey, Ann B. Stahl, John Thornton, and Rudolph Ware III.

The journal publishes three issues each year (April, August, and December). Articles, notes, and documents submitted to the journal should be based on original research and framed in terms of historical analysis. Contributions in archaeology, history, anthropology, historical ecology, political science, political ecology, and economic history are welcome. Articles that highlight European administrators, settlers, or colonial policies should be submitted elsewhere, unless they deal substantially with interactions with (or the affects on) African societies.

We recommend an initial query to the editor (e-mail: about whether a paper on a particular subject, based on evidence from certain kinds of sources, would be suitable for IJAHS. This might well save you time and effort if your article does not fit the journal’s focus.

Articles submitted to the journal should not be, or have been, submitted elsewhere. Submissions judged to be suitable for further consideration will be sent out for anonymous peer review.

All materials and editorial correspondence pertaining to submission procedures and publishing policies should be directed to the editor: Michael DiBlasi, or

The Editor
International Journal of African Historical Studies
African Studies Center
Boston University
232 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215 USA

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Questions about orders, IJAHS subscriptions, and advertising should be directed to the business manager, Sandi McCann ( (617/353-7306)