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Judith A. Byfield

Judith A. Byfield

Professor of History, Cornell University

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The primary focus of her scholarship has been women's social and economic history in Nigeria. Her research into in-depth studies on tie-dye production, World War II, Nigerian women's political activism and nationalism.

Currently, she is a Fulbright Global Scholar beginning a new project, “Curry Goat and Gari: West Indian Women in 20thCentury Lagosian Society.”  It is inspired by the West Indian women she met during her research trips to Nigeria. Many met their husbands in the UK and moved to Nigeria with them.  She became fascinated by the very creative ways in which they bridged their Caribbean and British backgrounds with Nigerian cultures.  This project hopes to reveal new insights about diaspora formation and transnationalism through the experiences of these dynamic and enterprising women.