Affiliated Faculty

Todd C. Cleveland

Todd C. Cleveland

Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-7596

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Todd Cleveland holds a Ph.D. in African History from the University of Minnesota.  His research interests are broadly concentrated around the interactions between Europeans and sub-Saharan Africans during the colonial period and, in particular, labor and social relations between the Portuguese and the indigenous populations in the former’s assortment of African territories. The majority of Todd’s research has focused on the history of diamond mining in Africa, and features in three books: Stones of Contention: A History of Africa’s Diamonds (Ohio University, 2014); Diamonds in the Rough: Corporate Paternalism and African Professionalism on the Mines of Colonial Angola, 1917-75 (Ohio University, 2015); and, co-authored with Jorge Varanda, A Companhia de Diamantes de Angola (Diamang): Fotos que escondem, imagens que mostram (Guerra e Paz, forthcoming).  Todd is also currently completing a book, tentatively entitled Following the Ball: The Migration of African Soccer Players across the Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1949-1975 (Ohio University, forthcoming), which examines the histories of African soccer players who migrated from Portugal’s colonies to the metropole from the mid-1940s to 1975.  Finally, Todd is engaged in an ongoing comparative research project that examines the labor and social histories of tourism in British and Portuguese colonial East Africa.

AAST 1003: Introduction to African and African American Studies
HIST/AAST 3253:  History of Sub-Saharan Africa
HIST/ AAST 4263: Independence and Africa Today
HIST/AAST 4953: The History of Sub-Saharan African Women
HIST 3813: Special Topics - History of Sports in Africa