On February 12, Associate Professor of World History and Program Coordinator of the History Minor at AUN, Dr. Jennifer Lofkrantz, gave the Annual History Lecture at the St. Thomas University in Fredericton, Canada.
In the talk which was based on her current research on Local Responses to the Boko Haram Crisis in Yola, Dr. Lofkrantz said no individual from among the many internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were harbored died of hunger owing to the assistance rendered by the residents of the town led by the American University of Nigeria through the Adamawa Peacemakers Initiative, the NGO it helped to found.
From oral interviews she conducted with local residents and the methodology used in historical research, she told the audience how the locals responded to the crisis.
“Yola residents drew upon various self-help traditions to respond to the need to protect the city from a Boko Haram invasion to provide humanitarian relief to IDPs, and to establish programs to lower Boko Haram’s recruitment of local youths.”
Dr. Lofkrantz finds giving the annual lecture to be an honor. Her words: “The STU History Department chooses a historian whom they consider to be a good example of the discipline in terms of research and methodology.”
The professor, who joined AUN in August 2017, is also the Program Coordinator of the new Minor in History. She has a Ph.D. in African History from York University (Canada), an M.A in African History from Queen’s University (Canada), and a B.A (Hons) from Simon Fraser University (Canada).
Before coming to AUN she taught at St. Mary’s College of California in the United States. Her primary research interest is the social and intellectual history of the Sokoto Caliphate and the contemporary history of northern Nigeria.
Her research has been published in the Journal of African History, the International Journal of African Historical Studies, African Economic History, Slavery & Abolition, and the Journal of West African History, among others. She is co-editor of the Journal African Economic History and she co-edited the volume, Ransoming, Captivity, and Piracy in Africa and the Mediterranean, (Africa World Press, 2016).
At AUN, Dr. Lofkrantz teaches CIV 101 African Civilization, CIV 102 Western Civilization, and CIV 111 African Civilization: Special Topics, Women & Gender in Africa. In Fall 2018, she taught a variety of Nigerian, African, and world history courses.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa