Mansa Okike Bansu
Mansa O. Bansu has spent the past twenty years documenting the lived experiences of African-descended communities around the world. His professional background includes a B.A. in History (concentration on African American life in the American South) an M.A. in History (concentration on the former British colonial West Africa), an M.A. in Communication Studies (Rhetoric and Public Culture) and Ph.D. work in Semiotic Studies and African Studies.
He has investigated various aspects of Africoid culture in Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and thirty-two states (including the District of Columbia) in the United States of America. Gullah/Geechee life and culture is of particular interest to Mansa. As a scholar of the Black (Afrikan) World, Mansa has taught at the university-level as a professor of African, American and African American histories.
Mansa is an award-winning researcher and professor. Since 1998, he is a two-time recipient of Fulbright research awards and three NEH research grants. Further, Mansa has held fellowships or grants at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Michigan State University. In addition, Mansa has worked with Africanists at Temple University, the University of Ghana at Legon, the Bureau of African Affairs of United States Embassy in Ghana and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
In the classroom, his teaching acumen has garnered constant recognition. Mansa has received both national and local teaching excellence awards. This includes his time as a graduate student and associate professor.
Research Interests: Visual Rhetoric, Semiotic Studies, Memory, Public Culture, Black Atlantic World, Comparative Transnational Studies, Qualitative and Ethnographic research methods.