Carina E. Ray

Carina Ray is an associate professor of African and Afro-American studies at Brandeis University. She is coeditor of Navigating African Maritime History and Darfur and the Crisis of Governance in Sudan.

Listed in: African Studies · Women’s Studies · African History




2016 winner of the American Historical Association's Wesley-Logan Prize in African diaspora history

Finalist for the 2016 Fage and Oliver Prize from the African Studies Association of the UK

Crossing the Color Line · Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana
By Carina E. Ray

Interracial sex mattered to the British colonial state in West Africa. In Crossing the Color Line, Carina E. Ray goes beyond this fact to reveal how Ghanaians shaped and defined these powerfully charged relations. The interplay between African and European perspectives and practices, argues Ray, transformed these relationships into key sites for consolidating colonial rule and for contesting its hierarchies of power.

“A fascinating exploration of sex across the color line in colonial Ghana. This book is a brilliant addition to the literature on sex, gender and empire.”

Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law, New York University