Janice Levi


Ph.D. History, University of California, Los Angeles

MA History, University of California, Los Angeles

MA African Studies, Indiana University

BA History, University of Oklahoma



Janice Levi is a historian of Africa. Her research has centered on migration histories, historical methodologies, and intercultural encounters from the medieval to modern eras. Her previous research focused on the oral and ritual histories of a Jewish community in western Ghana and how these narratives were tethered to the history of Jewish presence (physical and dialectic) throughout Northwest Africa. The research was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Social Science Research Council, West African Research Association, the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, among many others. Her current project explores quotidian and isochroous methods of anti-colonial resistance among Ghanaian women and African migrants in Western Ghana.



African History

Jewish History

Ethnicity and Race Studies

Memory Studies



“Beyond the Saharan Cloak: Uncovering a Jewish Identity from Southern Morocco and throughout the Sahara.” Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies. Vol. 39, no. 2 (Spring 2016): 109-126.

“Making Visible the Invisible: A Historiographical Approach to Jewish Africa from Ghana.” In, In the Shadow of Moses: New Jewish Movements in Africa and the Diaspora. Eds. Daniel Lis, William Miles, and Tudor Parfitt. Los Angeles: TSEHAI Publishers, 2016.

“The House of Israel: Judaism in Ghana.” In African Zion: Studies in Black Judaism, edited by

Edith Bruder and Tudor Parfitt. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012


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