Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey


Observing life-long educators bring hope and joy to K-12 learning, and teaching youth from gang intervention projects to Yale College and Harvard College, has taught me that passionate and resilient teachers are game changers. When these educators display empathy—the mortar that binds learners, creates commonality, ensuring collective success—students can undergo a radical transformation.

This ethos undergirds my approach to studying and teaching the history of African descendants and marginalized peoples in the Americas.

As a historian, I am committed to the advancement of critical analysis and writing. I teach my students to understand and appreciate that critical thinking is a bedrock of a functional, healthy, liberal democracy. So, too, is effective communication, especially the written word.

I am eager to teach and help cultivate a new crop of humanists who think critically, write effectively, and engage civil society responsibly. My current course offerings focus on post-Reconstruction United States, Twentieth-Century African American, African Diaspora, African Canadian, North American, and Atlantic World history. 

I have taught in-depth seminars as diverse as Bacon’s Rebellion and the Making of U.S. Racial Caste; John Locke and the Imperial Foundations of Property Rights; The Haitian Revolution; The Monroe Doctrine; Financial Missionaries and Dollar Diplomacy; The U.S. Empire; Comparative Apartheid in South Africa and the United States; Decolonization in Africa; and Civil and Voting Rights.

Teaching Excellence

2023 Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching

2022 H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching

What my students say