Richard M. Shain

Richard M. Shain
Associate Professor

Richard M. Shain received his Ph.D. in African History from The Johns Hopkins University. His research has focused on two topics: the relationship between Islam and African Religion; and the connections between popular culture and modernity in Africa.  At Philadelphia University, he has taught a variety of courses ranging from African Area Studies to Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies to Comparative Modernities to Contemporary Perspectives.  He also has taught the Ethnographic Methods course in the DEC Program and was part of the teaching team for the Global Textiles Management graduate program.  For a number of years, he has been the Chair/Administrator of the University’s Institutional Review Board.


  1. Roots in Reverse: Senegalese Afro-Cuban Music and Tropical Cosmopolitanism Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, forthcoming.

  2. The Spatial Factor in African History: The Relationship of the Social, Material and Perceptual (co-editor) Leiden: Brill, 2004.

  3. “Trovador of the Black Atlantic: Laba Sosseh and the Africanization of Afro-Cuban Music” in Bob W. White, ed. Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012, 135-159.