Obi Dennar is a first year PhD student with research interests focused on the intersecting histories of the Americas, Africa, and Europe. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2018. As an undergraduate, he received extensive training in research. In the fall of 2017, he completed a history seminar course taught by Dr. Ann Twinam, focusing his thesis on the competing political ideologies of Toussaint Louverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines. In the spring of 2018, he completed a capstone research course under the supervision of Dr. Julie D. Hardwick, focusing his thesis on the rupture between the colonial government of Saint-Domingue and the French mainland government as a prelude to the Haitian Revolution. At Rice, he plans to focus his research on the Haitian Revolution and how it not only affected communities in the New World but also economic organization/relationships in Europe and Asia. Obi currently works as a graduate editorial assistant at the Journal of Southern History.
FIELDS OF STUDY:
Latin America and the Caribbean
U.S. and the World