Ryan Carty, Returning CHI Fellow

I am a third year graduate student in the history department where I focus on African history. I am currently pursuing research on animal skins and leatherwork in twentieth-century West Africa. Most of my research is focused in Ghana, though I have taken brief...

Summer Update to Africa’s Imperial Commodities

This summer, I updated Africa’s Imperial Commodities, a digital history project that explores export data from Africa to Europe. I added a new commodity page that examines the history of gum exports from West Africa. Additionally, I updated other pages to...

Introducing Africa’s Imperial Commodities

I’m launching Africa’s Imperial Commodities, a digital history project that explores export data from Africa to Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The website includes essays that contextualize the available data and data visualizations that...

Historical Data at the Enslaved Conference

On March 8th and 9th, Michigan State University hosted a conference titled Enslaved: Peoples of the Historic Slave Trade. The conference brought together scholars using databases to research the lives of individuals connected to slavery and the slave trade. The list...

Transforming Historical Data into Visualizations

A central component of my CHI project is working with historical data. The creation of a database from historical documents is a long and tedious process, so I have decided to use one already available online. A group of economic historians published the African...