Between the Sea and the Lagoon: An Eco-Social History of the Anlo of Southeastern Ghana, 1850 to Recent Times. Oxford: James Currey; Athens: Ohio University Press, 2001.

Drink, Power and Cultural Change: A Social History of Alcohol in Ghana, c.1800 to Recent Times.  Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1996.      

Edited Books

Emmanuel Akyeampong, Robert H. Bates, Nathan Nunn and James A. Robinson, eds., Africa’s Development in Historical Perspective. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Emmanuel Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Chief Editors), Dictionary of African Biography, 6 Vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Themes in West Africa’s History. Oxford and Athens (OH): James Currey and Ohio University Press, 2006.

Boahen, Adu, A., Emmanuel Akyeampong, Thomas C. McCaskie, Nancy Lawler, and Ivor Wilks, ed. ‘The History of Ashanti Kings and the Whole Country Itself’ and Other Writings. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

 Edited with Editor’s Note. A. Adu Boahen. Yaa Asantewaa and the Asante-British War of          1900-01. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2003.

 Journal Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes

"The State and Alcohol Revenues: Promoting `Economic Development' in Gold     Coast/Ghana, 1919 to the Present".  Histoire Sociale/Social History 27:54 (November 1994): 393-411.

 “The State and Alcohol Revenues: Promoting `Economic Development’ in Gold Coast/Ghana, 1919 to the Present.” In Jack S. Blocker Jr. and Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, ed. The Changing Face of Drink: Substance, Imagery, and Behaviour. Ottawa: Social History Incorporated, 1997.     

"Alcoholism in Ghana: A Socio-Cultural Exploration".  Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 19:2 (1995): 261-280.         

With Obeng, Pashington.  “Spirituality, Gender, and Power in Asante History.” Boston University, African Studies Center, Working Paper No. 198.

With Obeng, Pashington.  "Spirituality, Gender and Power in Asante History". International Journal of African Historical Studies 28:3 (1995): 481-508.     

"What's in a Drink: Class Struggle, Popular Culture, and the Politics of Akpeteshie (Local Gin) in Ghana, 1930-1967".  Journal of African History 37:2 (1996): 215-236.

"Sexuality and Prostitution among the Akan of the Gold Coast, c.1650 to 1950". Past and Present No. 156 (August, 1997): 144-173.

"Akan Region, History." In Encyclopedia of Sub-Saharan Africa. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1997.

 “C. C. Reindorf on the Cultural Articulation of Power in Precolonial Ghana: A View from a Social Historian". In Paul Jenkins, ed. The Recovery of the West African Past: African Pastors and African History in the Nineteenth Century. Basel: Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 1998.       

“The Image of Africa in the Twenty-First Century: A Challenge for Responsible Intellectual Partnership.” In Heike Schmidt and Albert Wirz, ed., Afrika und das Andere: Alteritat und Innovation. Hamburg: LIT, 1998.

“Christianity, Modernity, and the Weight of Tradition in the Life of Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I, c.1888-1931.” Africa 69:2 (1999): 279-311.

“Asante Medicine in the Seychelles.” Ghana Studies Council Newsletter No. 12 (Spring 1999): 5-6.

“Alcohol in Africa.” In Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Anthony K. Appiah, ed. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. New York: Basic Civitas Books, 1999.

"Wo pe tam won pe ba (you like cloth but you don't want children): Urbanization, Individualism, and Gender Relations in Colonial Ghana, c.1900-1939". In David Anderson and Richard Rathbone, ed. Africa’s Urban Past. Oxford: James Currey, 2000.

“Africans in the Diaspora; the Diaspora and Africa.” Commissioned Article for Centenary Issue, African Affairs 99: 395 (April 2000): 183-215.

The Beautyful Ones are not yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1968. In Jean Hay, ed. African Novels in the Classroom. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2000.

“Asante at the turn of the Twentieth-Century.” Introduction to special issue on the centenary of the Yaa Asantewaa War. Ghana Studies 3 (2001): 3-12. Guest Editor.

“History, Memory, Slave Trade and Slavery in Anlo (Ghana).” Slavery and Abolition 22:3 (December 2001), 1-24.

“Ahenfo Nsa (the ‘Drink of Kings’): Dutch Schnapps and Ritual in Ghanaian History.” In I. van Kessel, ed. Merchants, Missionaries and Migrants: 300 Years of Dutch-Ghanaian Relations. Amsterdam: KIT Publishers, 2002.

 "Drinking with Friends: Popular Culture, the Working Poor, and Youth Drinking in Independent Ghana". In Deborah Fahy Bryceson and Nina Tellegen, ed. Alcohol in Africa: Mixing Business, Pleasure, and Politics. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2002.

“Folk Environmental Wisdom Versus Scientific Knowledge: Producing and Contesting Knowledge in Anlo, Southeastern Ghana.” In Toyin Falola, ed. Ghana in Africa and the World: Essays in Honor of Adu Boahen. Lawrenceville: Africa World Press, 2002.

With Charles Ambler, “Leisure in African History,” Introduction to special issue on “Leisure in Africa” in the International Journal of African Historical Studies, 35: 1 (2002), 1-16. Guest Editor.

“Bukom and the Social History of Boxing in Accra: Warfare and Citizenship in Precolonial Ga Society.” Special issue on “Leisure in Africa” in the International Journal of African Historical Studies, 35: 1 (2002), 39-60.

“Alcohol and Drugs.” In Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and Dickson Eyoh, ed. Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century African. London: Routledge, 2002.

“Memories of Place and Belonging: Identity, Citizenship, and the Lebanese in Ghana.” Ghana Studies, 7 (2004), 25-42.

“Diaspora and Drug Trafficking in West Africa: A Case Study of Ghana.” African Affairs, 104: 416 (2005), 429-47.

“Seizing Modernity: Migrant Aspirations and Social Conflict in Early Colonial Keta (Gold Coast).” In Per Hernaes ed., The ‘Traditional’ and the ‘Modern’ in West African (Ghanaian) History: Case Studies on Co-existence and Interaction. Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2005.

“Chiefs and Socio-Political Change in the Gold Coast: Insights from Reports on Liquor Consumption, 1919-1934.” In Irene Odotei and Albert Awedobla, ed., Chieftaincy in Africa Vol. 1: Governance, Culture and Development in Ghana. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2006.

With Samuel Agyei-Mensah, “Itinerant Gold Mines? Mobility, Sexuality and the Spread of Gonorrhea and Syphilis in Twentieth-Century Ghana.” In Christine Oppong, M. Yaa Oppong, and Irene K. Odotei, ed., Sex and Gender in an Era of IDS: Ghana at the Turn of the Millennium. Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2006.

“Race, Identity and Citizenship in Black Africa: the Case of the Lebanese in Ghana.” Africa, 76: 3 (2006), 297-323.

“The Power of Constructed Identities? Thinking through Ethnicity in Africa.” Research Review, 22: 2 (2006).

“Towns, Townlife, and Disease in Colonial West Africa.” Legon Journal of the Humanities, Vol. XVI (2006).

“Indigenous Knowledge and Maritime Fishing in West Africa: the Case of Ghana.” In Emmanuel Boon and Luc Hens, ed., Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Sustainable Development: Relevance for Africa. Delhi: Kamla-Raj Enterprises, 2007.

“Introduction” to W. E. B. Du Bois, Africa: Its Geography, People and Products; and Africa: Its Place in Modern History (Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2007). Series Editor, Henry Louis Gates, Jr The Oxford W. E. B. Du Bois.

“For Prayer and Profit: West Africa’s Religious and Economic Ties to the Gulf 1960s to the Present.” Journal of African Development, 12:1 (Spring 2010), 7-20.

“‘Diasporas’, Mobility and the Social Imaginary: Getting Ahead in West Africa.” Journal of Third World Studies, 27:1 (Spring 2010), 25-41.

“Africa, the Arabian Gulf and Asia: Changing Dynamics in Contemporary West Africa’s Political Economy,” Journal of African Development, 13: 1 (Spring 2011), 73-105.

Emmanuel Akyeampong and Henry Louis Gates Jr., “African Lives: An Introduction,” in Akyeampong and Gates, eds., Dictionary of African Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), xxix-xliv.

Emmanuel Akyeampong and Hippolyte Fofack, “The Contribution of African Women to Economic Growth and Development: Historical Perspectives and Policy Implications – Part I: The Pre-colonial and Colonial Periods.” World Bank, Policy Research Working Paper, WPS 6051, April 2012.

“Ties that Bound: Slave Concubines/Wives and the End of Slavery in the Gold Coast, c.1874-1900,” in Anne V. Adams, ed., Essays in Honour of Ama Ata Aidoo at 70 (Oxfordshire: Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd., 2012), 231-40.

“The African Voice in African Studies Today,” in Helen Lauer and Kofi Anyidoho, eds., Reclaiming the Human Sciences and Humanities through African Perspectives, 2 Vols. (Accra: Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2012), 2: 982-989.

Emmanuel Akyeampong and David Owusu-Ansah, “Priests, Diviners, Mallams: State Power in Asante and the Practice of Promoting Better Understanding among Different Religious Faiths,” West Africa Review, 20 (2012), 69-76.

Emmanuel Akyeampong and Hippolyte Fofack, “The Contribution of African Women to Economic Growth and Development in Post-Colonial Africa: Historical Perspectives and Policy Implications.” World Bank, Policy Research Working Paper, WPS 6537, July 2013.

“Slavery, Indentured Labor, and the Making of a Transnational World,” in Ato Quayson and Girish Daswani, ed., A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 163-71.

“The Assault on Culture: Achebe on the Crisis of Identity in Colonial Africa,” in Nana Ayebia Clarke and James Currey, ed., Chinua Achebe: Tributes and Reflections (Oxfordshire: Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd., 2014), 71-80.

Emmanuel Akyeampong and Hippolyte Fofack, “The Contribution of African Women to Economic Growth and Development in the Pre-colonial and Colonial Periods: Historical Perspectives and Policy Implications,” Economic History of Developing Regions, 29: 1 (2014), 42-73.

Emmanuel Akyeampong, Robert H. Bates, Nathan Nunn and James A. Robinson, “Introduction: Africa – The Historical Roots of Its Underdevelopment,” in Emmanuel Akyeampong, Robert H. Bates, Nathan Nunn and James A. Robinson, ed., Africa’s Development in Historical Perspective (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 1-29.

“Commerce, Credit, and Mobility in Late Nineteenth-Century Gold Coast: Changing Dynamics in Euro-African Trade,” in Akyeampong et al, ed., Africa’s Development in Historical Perspective, 231-63.

Book Reviews

Review of Liquor and Labor in Southern Africa.  By Jonathan Crush and Charles Ambler.  Athens: Ohio University Press, 1992. In Social History of Alcohol Review No. 28-29 (Fall 1993/Spring 1994).

Review of The Quills of a Porcupine: Asante Nationalism in an Emergent Ghana.  By Jean Marie Allman.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993.  In International Journal of African Historical Studies 27:3 (1994).

Review of Murder and Politics in Colonial Ghana.  By Richard Rathbone.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993.  In International Journal of African Historical Studies 28:1 (1995).

Review of State and Society in Pre-Colonial Asante.  By T. C. McCaskie.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.  In International Journal of African Historical Studies 29:2 (1996).

Review of Gender, Ethnicity, and Social Change on the Upper Slave Coast: A History of the Anlo-Ewe. By Sandra E. Greene. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1996. In Journal of African History 39: 3 ( 1998).

Review of In Search of Africa. By Manthia Diawara. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998. In Boston Globe, January 17, 1999.

Review of In the Realms of Gold: Pioneering in African History. By Roland Oliver. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997. In Journal of Asian and African Studies 34:3 (1999).

Review of Drinking Occasions: Comparative Perspectives on Alcohol and Culture. By Dwight Heath. Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel. 2000. In Ethnos, 66:3 (2001).

Review of Slaves and Slave Holders on the Gold Coast: Towards an Understanding of Social Bondage in West Africa. By Peter Haenger. Basel: P. Schlettwein, 2000. In International Journal of African Historical Studies, 34:2 (2001).

Review of Soldiers, Airmen, Spies and Whisperers: The Gold Coast in World War II. By Nancy Ellen Lawler. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002. In Journal of Military History, 67: 3 (2003).

 Review of Potent Brews: A Social History of Alcohol in East Africa 1859-1999. By Justin Willis. Oxford: James Currey, 2002. In Africa (2003).

 Review of Smugglers, Secessionists and Loyal Citizens on the Ghana-Togo Frontier. By Paul Nugent. Oxford: James Currey, 2002. In Journal of African History, 45 (2004).

 Review of A Short History of the Ghana Armed Forces. By S. Addae. Accra: Graphic Packaging Limited, 2005. In Ghana’s Daily Graphic, June 22 & 23, 2006.

 Review of Plague Ports: The Global Urban Impact of Bubonic Plague, 1894-1901. By Myron Echenberg. New York: New York University Press, 2007. In Journal of African History, 50: 1 (2009).

 Review of Globalizing City: The Urban and Economic Transformation of Accra, Ghana. By Richard Grant. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2009. In African Studies Review, 53: 1 (2010).

 Review of Approaching African History. By Michael Brett. Boydell & Brewer, 2013. In The Times Literary Supplement, September 27, 2013.

 Review of Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History. By Tevor R. Getz and Liz Clarke. Oxford University Press, 2012. In Journal of African History, 55: 1 (2014).


 Emmanuel Akyeampong, Allan Hill and Arthur Kleinman, eds. The Culture of Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa. Indiana University Press, Ssummer 2015.

 Akyeampong, Hill, Kleinman, “Cultural, Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa: Introduction.”

 Ch. 1. “Historical Overview of Psychiatry in Africa.” In Akyeampong, Hill and Kleinman, eds., Culture, Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice.


 The Perils of Townlife: Urbanization and Disease in Anglophone West Africa.

Akan Society and the Culture of Power in Ghana, c.1650 to Recent Times.

The First Generation of Independent African Leaders and the Making of the African Nation-State.