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David Okanlawon

Contact Information:

PhD Advisor:

Robert A. Rubinstein

David Okanlawon

Ph.D. Student, Anthropology Department

Graduate Research Associate, Maxwell African Scholars Union

Highest degree earned

M.A., University of Ibadan


David is a doctoral student in the anthropology department with a focus on historical archaeology. He holds a B.A and M.A in archaeology, both from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. David has participated in several archaeological fieldworks in Nigeria.

Notably among his archaeological research experiences are his participation in the Old Oyo archaeological investigations and the archaeological investigations of the Ife region, both in Nigeria. David’s research interests include, African archaeology, culture contact, colonialism and the Atlantic trade relations.

Currently, he is interested in investigating European presence in West Africa to understand the socio-political and economic effects of the Atlantic trade on the host communities and the visiting Europeans likewise.