Falola, Toyin 1953–

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Falola, Toyin 1953–

PERSONAL: Born January 1, 1953, in Ibadan, Nigeria; son of James Adesina (a tailor) and Grace (a trader) Falola; married, 1981; wife's name Bisi (a programmer); children: Dolapo, Bisola, Toyin. Education: University of Ife, B.A. (with honors), 1976, Ph.D., 1981. Religion: Christian.

ADDRESSES: Home—16931 Mouse Trap Dr., Round Rock, TX 78681. Office—Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712; fax: 512-475-7222. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Elementary schoolteacher in Pahayi, Nigeria, 1970–71; high school teacher in Ibadan, Nigeria, 1973; Government College, Makurdi, Nigeria, high school teacher, 1976–77; Public Service Commission of Oyo State, Nigeria, administrative officer, 1977; University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ife, Nigeria, lecturer, 1981–85, senior lecturer, 1985–88; Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, research fellow, 1988–89; Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, senior research fellow and coordinator of a project in oral documentation, 1989; York University, Downsview, Ontario, Canada, professor of history, 1990–91; University of Texas at Austin, Austin, professor of African history, 1991–, Frances Higginbothom Nalle Centennial Professor in History, 1999–. University of Mississippi, member of international council, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, 1980–85; Australian National University, fellow, 1995; Smith College, Carter Visiting Professor, 1999; Cambridge University, life member of Clare Hall; guest lecturer at colleges and universities throughout the world, including University of Rochester, Northwestern University, University of Liverpool, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Erasmus University, University of Leiden, University of Hamburg, and University of Hanover; conference participant; guest on media programs. Nigerian National Council for Arts and Culture, coordinator and editor of Nigerian national books of quotations, 1989–92; National Archives of Nigeria, member of Western Zonal Committee for a guide to the sources of Nigerian history, 1990–. ANWE Educational Series (publisher), member of editorial board, 1985–92; Westview Press, editorial member for African modernization and development, 1987–97; member of editorial advisory board or editorial committee for various periodicals, including Journal of African History, 1991–2000, Benin Journal of Historical Studies, 1993–, Research Journal of the National Council for Arts and Culture, 1998–, and Kleio, 2004–.

MEMBER: American Historical Association, African Studies Association, Canadian African Studies Association, Nigerian Academy of Letters (fellow), Nigerian Association of Oral History and Tradition, Nigerian Economic Society, Historical Society of Nigeria (general secretary, 1988–90), Nigerian Study Group, Ife Humanities Society.

AWARDS, HONORS: Travel grant, Operations Crossroad Africa, 1980; Smuts fellow in England, 1988–89; fellow of Humanities Research Council at Australian National University, 1995; Ibn Khaldun Distinguished Research Excellence Award; granted title of Mayegun chieftain; grants from Social Science Research Council, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Guggenheim Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities.

WRITINGS:

(Coauthor) Islam and Christianity in West Africa, University of Ife Press (Ife, Nigeria), 1983.

(Coauthor) Summary of West African History, University of Ife Press (Ife, Nigeria), 1983.

The Political Economy of a Pre-Colonial African State: Ibadan, 1830–1900, University of Ife Press (Ife, Nigeria), 1984.

(Coauthor) The Military in Nineteenth-Century Yoruba Politics, University of Ife Press (Ife, Nigeria), 1984.

(Coauthor) The Rise and Fall of Nigeria's Second Republic, 1979–1984, Zed Press (London, England), 1985.

A History of West Africa, Paico (Lagos, Nigeria), 1987.

Politics and Economy in Ibadan, 1893–1945, Modelor (Lagos, Nigeria), 1989.

(With others) A History of Nigeria, Longman (Lagos, Nigeria), Volume 1: Nigeria before 1800, 1989, Volume 2: Nigeria in the Nineteenth Century, 1991, Volume 3: Nigeria in the Twentieth Century, 1992.

Yoruba Historiography, African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin—Madison (Madison, WI), 1991.

(Coauthor) The Military Factor in Nigeria, Edwin Mellen (Lewiston, NY), 1994.

(Coauthor) Religious Impact on the Nation State: The Nigerian Predicament, Avebury (London, England), 1995.

(Coauthor) Religious Militancy and Self-Assertion: Islam and Politics in Nigeria, Avebury (London, England), 1996.

Development Planning and Decolonization in Nigeria, University Press of Florida (Gainesville, FL), 1996.

Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies, University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY), 1998.

The History of Nigeria, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1999.

(With Akanmu Adebayo) Culture, Politics, and Money among the Yoruba, Transaction Publishers (New Brunswick, NJ), 2000.

Yoruba Gurus: Indigenous Production of Knowledge in Africa, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2000.

The Culture and Customs of Nigeria, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2001.

Nationalism and African Intellectuals, University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY), 2001.

(With others) Yoruba Warlords of the Nineteenth Century, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2001.

(With Steven J. Salm) Culture and Customs of Ghana, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2002.

Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2002.

The Power of African Cultures, University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY), 2003.

Economic Reforms and Modernization in Nigeria, 1945–1965, Kent State University Press (Kent, OH), 2004.

A Mouth Sweeter than Salt: An African Memoir, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, MI), 2004.

(With Ann Genova) The Politics of the Global Oil Industry: An Introduction, Praeger Publishers (Westport, CT), 2005.

Contributor to books, including Unfree Labour in the Development of the Atlantic World, edited by Paul Lovejoy and Nicholas Rogers, Frank Cass (Essex, England), 1994; Money Matters: Instability, Values, and Social Payments in the Modern History of West African Communities, edited by Jane I. Guyer, Heinemann (Portsmouth, NH), 1995; African Market and Economic Power: The Role of Women in African Economic Development, edited by Bessie House-Midamba and Felix K. Ekechi, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1995; A Place in the World: New Local Historiographies from Africa and South-Asia, edited by Axel Harneit-Sievers, E.J. Brill (Leiden, Netherlands), 2002; and Turning Points in Historiography: A Cross-Cultural Analysis, edited by Q. Edward Wang and Georg G. Iggers, University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY), 2002. Editorial correspondent, Geneve-Afrique, 1989–92. Contributor of several hundred articles and reviews to history and African studies journals, including Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Slavery and Abolition: Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, Journal of African Economic History, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Africa Today, Passages, Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Journal of African Historical Studies, African Affairs, and History in Africa.

EDITOR

(With others; and contributor) Nigeria: Peoples, States, and Culture, John West (Lagos, Nigeria), 1986.

(With others; and contributor) Transport Systems in Nigeria, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), 1986.

(And contributor) Britain and Nigeria: Exploitation or Development?, Zed Press (London, England), 1987.

(With Julius Omozuanvbo Ihonvbere; and contributor) Nigeria and the International Capitalist System, Lynne Rienner (Boulder, CO), 1988.

(With others; and contributor) Obafemi Awolowo: The End of an Era?, University of Ife Press (Ife, Nigeria), 1988.

(And contributor) Modern Nigeria, Modelor (Lagos, Nigeria), 1990.

(With Jacob Olupona; and contributor) Religion and Society in Nigeria: Historical and Comparative Perspectives, Spectrum (Ibadan, Nigeria), 1991.

(With Dennis Ityavyar; and contributor) The Political Economy of Health in Africa (monograph), Center for International Studies, Ohio University (Athens, OH), 1992.

(With Robin Law; and contributor) Warfare and Diplomacy in Pre-Colonial Nigeria, African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin—Madison (Madison, WI), 1992.

(With others) Rural Development Problems in Nigeria, Avebury (London, England), 1992.

(And contributor) African Historiography: Essays in Honour of Jacob Ade Ajayi, Longman (London, England), 1993.

(And author of introduction) Pioneer, Patriot, and Patriarch: Samuel Johnson and the Yoruba People, African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin—Madison (Madison, WI), 1993.

(With others; and contributor) Child Health in Nigeria: The Impact of a Depressed Economy, Avebury (London, England), 1994.

(With others; and contributor) Pawnship in Africa: Debt Bondage in Historical Perspective, Westview (Boulder, CO), 1994.

(With Ann O'Hear) Studies in the Nineteenth-Century Economic History of Nigeria, African Studies Program, University of Wisconsin—Madison (Madison, WI), 1999.

(And contributor) Africa, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), Volume 1: Peoples and States, 2000, Volume 2: Cultures and Societies, 2000, Volume 3, 2002, Volume 4: The End of Colonial Rule: Nationalism and Decolonization, 2002, Volume 5: Contemporary Africa, 2003.

Tradition and Change in Africa: The Essays of J.F. Ade Ajayi, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2000.

(Coeditor) The Challenges of History and Leadership in Africa: The Essays of Bethwell Allan Ogot, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2002.

(With Alusine Jalloh) Black Business and Economic Power in Africa, University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY), 2002.

(With Christian Jennings) Africanizing Knowledge: African Studies across the Disciplines, Transaction Publishers (New Brunswick, NJ), 2002.

(With Barbara Harlow) Palavers of African Literature: Essays in Honor of Bernth Lindfors, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2002.

(With Barbara Harlow; and contributor) African Writers and Their Readers: Essays in Honor of Bernth Lindfors, Volume II, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2002.

(And contributor) Colonial Africa, 1885–1939, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), 2002.

Nigeria in the Twentieth Century, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), 2002.

African Politics in Postimperial Times: The Essays of Richard L. Sklar, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2002.

(And contributor) Ghana in Africa and the World: Essays in Honor of Adu Boahen, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2003.

(Coeditor) Pawnship, Slavery, and Colonialism in Africa, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2003.

(Coeditor and contributor) Sources and Methods in African History: Spoken, Written, Unearthed, University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY), 2003.

(Coeditor) Nigerian Cities, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2004.

Teen Life in Africa, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2004.

(With Steven J. Salm; and contributor) Globalization and Urbanization in Africa, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2004.

(With Matt D. Childs) The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 2004.

Nigerian History, Politics, and Affairs: The Collected Essays of Adiele Afigbo, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2004.

(With Ann Genova) Yoruba Creativity: Fiction, Language, Lige, and Songs, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2004.

Africa in the Twentieth Century: The Adu Boahen Reader, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2004.

Myth, History, and Society: The Collected Works of Adiele Afigbo, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2005.

(With Steven J. Salm) African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspective, University of Rochester Press (Rochester, NY), 2005.

Christianity and Social Change in Africa: Essays in Honor of J.D.Y. Peel, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), 2005.

The Dark Webs: Perspectives on Colonialism in Africa, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), 2005.

(With Ann Genova) Orisa: Yoruba Gods and Spiritual Identity in Africa and the Diaspora, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2005.

(With Steven J. Salm) Urbanization and African Cultures, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), 2005.

(With Ann Genova) The Yoruba in Transition: History, Values, and Modernity, Carolina Academic Press (Durham, NC), 2005.

Series editor, "Studies in Africa and the Diaspora," University of Rochester (Rochester, NY), 1996–; "Culture and Customs of Africa," Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1999–; and "Classic Authors of Texts and Authors on Africa," African World Press (Trenton, NJ), 1999–. Editor, ODU: Journal of West African Studies, 1983–89; coeditor, African Economic History, 1992–; associate editor, Lusophone Areas Studies Journal, 1982–84, Herodotian: Journal of History, 1987–, and Environment and History, 1995–98.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Editing books on African cities.

SIDELIGHTS: Toyin Falola once told CA: "My interest for the past twenty years has been to analyze Africa since the nineteenth century. I focus on the understanding of history, how this history affects the present, and how the twin problems of underdevelopment and political instability can be solved. This is hard work! My strategy is to write for an academic audience, mainly by way of primary research; to present academic work in synthesis, in textbooks for schools and colleges; and to advise the government by way of policy-oriented papers.

"My inspiration has been drawn by the challenge posed by the prevalence of the African crisis, the need to explore neglected issues, and even to keep correcting a barrage of misleading interpretations about the continent. It is endless—one work leads to the other; the day blends into night; and my ambition is fulfilled only when I read and write."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

BOOKS

Ogundiran, Akinwumi, editor, Precolonial Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2005.

Oyebade, Adebayo, editor, The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2002.

Oyebade, Adebayo, editor, The Foundations of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, Africa World Press (Trenton, NJ), 2003.

PERIODICALS

Africa, summer, 2001, Obi Igwara, review of Violence in Nigeria, p. 534; spring, 2004, Christopher Fyfe, review of Africa, Volume 4: The End of Colonial Rule, Nationalism, and Decolonization, p. 291; fall, 2004, Fiona Johnson Chalamanda, review of African Writers and Their Readers: Essays in Honor of Bernth Lindfors, Volume II, p. 692.

African Affairs, July, 1989, Anthony A. Akinola, review of Nigeria and the International Capitalist System, p. 456.

African Studies Review, December, 1995, Charles M. Good, review of Child Health in Nigeria: The Impact of a Depressed Economy, p. 160; September, 2000, Lisa A. Lindsay, review of The History of Nigeria, p. 163.

Africa Today, summer, 1990, Kola Olugbade, review of Nigeria and the International Capitalist System, p. 53; summer, 1993, James Ranson, review of The Political Economy of Health in Africa, p. 98.

American Book Review Annual, 2003, review of Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide, p. 199.

American Ethnologist, November, 2000, Jack Ferguson, review of Violence in Nigeria: The Crisis of Religious Politics and Secular Ideologies, p. 969.

American Historical Review, June, 1986, Robert Melson, review of The Rise and Fall of Nigeria's Second Republic, 1979–1984, p. 716; February, 2001, Felix K. Ekechi, review of Violence in Nigeria, p. 303; April, 2002, Terence Ranger, review of Nationalism and African Intellectuals; October, 2005, Kennell A. Jackson, Jr., review of The Power of African Cultures, pp. 1292-1293.

Booklist, May 1, 2003, review of Key Events in African History, p.

Choice, January, 1986, review of The Rise and Fall of Nigeria's Second Republic, 1979–1984, p. 792; September, 1987, review of Britain and Nigeria: Exploitation or Development?, p. 182; June, 1988, review of Nigeria and the International Capitalist System, p. 1594; April, 1995, B.M. Perinbam, review of Pawnship in Africa: Debt Bondage in Historical Perspective, p. 1356; February, 1999, M.O. Anda, review of Violence in Nigeria, p. 1130; September, 2001, M.E. Doro, review of Nationalism and African Intellectuals, p. 181; May, 2003, W.W. Reinhardt, review of Nigeria in the Twentieth Century, p. 1599; June, 2003, R.R. Atkinson, review of Key Events in African History, pp. 1799-1800; December, 2003, R.R. Atkinson, review of Sources and Methods in African History: Spoken, Written, Unearthed, p. 762; December, 2004, R. Ellovich, review of Teen Life in Africa, p. 744; June, 2005, J.E. Weaver, review of Economic Reforms and Modernization in Nigeria, 1945–1965, p. 1869; July-August, 2005, R. Ellovich, review of A Mouth Sweeter than Salt: An African Memoir, p. 2042; October, 2005, K.J. Ngalamulume, review of African Urban Spaces in Historical Perspective, p. 347; November, 2005, R.R. Atkinson, review of The Dark Webs: Perspectives on Colonialism in Africa, p. 549.

Contemporary Sociology, July, 2003, review of Africanizing Knowledge: African Studies across the Disciplines, p. 536.

Current History, May, 1986, Virginia C. Knight, review of The Rise and Fall of Nigeria's Second Republic, 1979–1984, p. 226.

Economic Books: Current Selections, March, 1989, review of Nigeria and the International Capitalist System, p. 19.

Foreign Affairs, summer, 1988, Jennifer Seymour Whitaker, review of Nigeria and the International Capitalist System, p. 1140.

Free Inquiry, spring, 2000, Norm R. Allen, Jr., "Flirting with Disaster in Africa," p. 73.

Geographical Journal, November, 1993, Kathleen Baker, review of Rural Development Problems in Nigeria, p. 340.

Historian, winter, 1999, John H. Hanson, review of Religious Militancy and Self-Assertion: Islam and Politics in Nigeria, p. 405.

History Today, November, 1994, David Birmingham, review of African Historiography: Essays in Honour of Jacob Ade Ajayi, p. 58; December, 2001, John Parker, review of Yoruba Warlords of the Nineteenth Century, p. 55.

International History Review, August, 1997, John Flint, review of Development Planning and Decolonization in Nigeria, p. 701.

International Journal of African Historical Studies, winter, 1989, Tunde Babawale, review of Britain and Nigeria, p. 147; summer, 1990, John Cartwright, review of Nigeria and the International Capitalist System, p. 535; spring, 1994, Philip Setel, review of The Political Economy of Health in Africa, p. 394; spring, 1995, Sara Berry, review of Yoruba Historiography, p. 449; summer, 1996, J.D.Y. Peel, review of Pawnship in Africa, p. 662; summer, 1997, A.A. Lawal, review of Development Planning and Decolonization in Nigeria, p. 674; summer, 1998, Funso Afolayan, review of Violence in Nigeria, p. 641; spring-summer, 1999, Anthony Kirk-Greene, review of The History of Nigeria, p. 448; spring, 2001, P.S. Zachernuk, review of Nationalism and African Intellectuals, p. 413; spring-summer, 2002, Roger Gocking, review of Culture and Customs of Ghana, pp. 559-560, and Shaheen Mozaffar, review of African Politics in Postimperial Times: The Essays of Richard L. Sklar, pp. 562-563; winter, 2003, Benjamin N. Lawrence, review of Ghana in Africa and the World: Essays in Honor of Adu Boahen, pp. 205-206.

Journal of African History, January, 1988, Jan Hogendorn, review of Britain and Nigeria, p. 133; May, 1995, Justin Willis, review of Pawnship in Africa, p. 323; October, 1997, Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, review of Development Planning and Decolonization in Nigeria, p. 517; January, 2000, Muhammad Sani Umar, review of Violence in Nigeria, p. 168; July, 2001, Ayodeji Olukoju, review of The History of Nigeria, p. 312; July, 2002, Robin Law, review of Yoruba Warlords of the Nineteenth Century, p. 329; October, 2002, J.D.Y. Peel, review of Tradition and Change in Africa: The Essays of J.F. Ade Ajayi, p. 532; January, 2003, E.S. Atieno Odhiambo, review of Nationalism and African Intellectuals, p. 177; January, 2004, Thomas Spear, review of The Challenges of History and Leadership in Africa: The Essays of Bethwell Allan Ogot, p. 125; January, 2004, John Parker, review of Ghana in Africa and the World, p. 126, and David Gutelius, review of Black Business and Economic Power in Africa, p. 150; January, 2004, Dimitri van den Bersselaar, review of Nigeria in the Twentieth Century, p. 153; July, 2004, Joanna Lewis, review of Africa, Volume 4, p. 353; July, 2005, Nigel Worden, review of Sources and Methods in African History, p. 327, and Jan Vansina, review of A Mouth Sweeter than Salt, p. 362.

Journal of Asian and African Studies, December, 1997, Douglas Rimmer, review of Development Planning and Decolonization in Nigeria, p. 313.

Journal of Economic Literature, March, 2003, review of Black Business and Economic Power in Africa, p. 308; June, 2005, review of Economic Reforms and Modernization in Nigeria, 1945–1965, p. 591.

Journal of Interdisciplinary History, spring, 2000, review of Violence in Nigeria, p. 732.

Journal of Modern African Studies, September, 2003, Lester P. Lee, Jr., review of African Politics in Postimperial Times, pp. 496-497.

Journal of Modern History, June, 2005, Matthew Connelly, review of Studies in African History and the Diaspora, p. 442.

Journal of Negro History, winter, 2001, review of The History of Nigeria, p. 79.

Journal of Third World Studies, spring, 1999, E. Ike Udogu, review of Development Planning and Decolonization in Nigeria, p. 240; fall, 2001, E. Ike Udogu, review of The History of Nigeria, p. 274, and Abdul Karim Bangura, review of Violence in Nigeria, p. 301.

Lancet, August 1, 1992, Ellen M. Einterz, review of The Political Economy of Health in Africa, p. 293.

Library Media Connection, April, 2003, review of Key Events in African History, p. 87.

Reference and Research Book News, November, 1999, review of The History of Nigeria, p. 42; May, 2000, review of Culture, Politics, and Money among the Yoruba, p. 34; February, 2001, review of Africa, Volume 1: Peoples and States, p. 37; May, 2001, review of Culture and Customs of Nigeria, p. 50; February, 2003, review of Africanizing Knowledge and Key Events in African History, p. 47; August, 2004, review of Teen Life in Africa, p. 151; May, 2005, review of Urbanization and African Cultures, p. 160.

Research in African Literatures, fall, 2003, Niyi Afolabi, review of Palavers of African Literature: Essays in Honor of Bernth Lindfors, p. 175.

School Library Journal, June, 2003, Janet Woodward, review of Key Events in African History, p. 89.

Transportation Research, November, 1987, review of Transport Systems in Nigeria, p. 486.

Voice of Youth Advocates, December, 2000, review of The History of Nigeria, p. 367; December, 2004, review of Teen Life in Africa, p. 420.

ONLINE

H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, http://www.h-net.org/ (September, 2003), reviews of Culture and Customs of Nigeria and The History of Nigeria; (November, 2004), review of Sources and Methods in African History.