The Department of History
African and African Diaspora history
Phone: (646) 312-4333
Location: VC 5-247
Professor Desch-Obi received his doctorate in African history from UCLA.
He specializes in the cultural history of pre-colonial Africa and the African Diaspora. His research interests include martial arts and physical culture, religion, sport, ethnography, oral history, and military history.
He is the author of Fighting For Honor: The History of African Martial Art Traditions in the Atlantic World (University of South Carolina Press, 2008). His current research focuses on the social history of the machete and machete fighting in Africa and the African Diaspora, and on a trans-national history of black boxing styles.