Jody Benjamin is a PhD Candidate in African and African American Studies with a primary field in History. His dissertation, “The Texture of Change: Cloth, Commerce, and Social Change in West Africa, 1700-1850,” studies the social and economic history of the Upper Guinea Coast. Pushing beyond the notion of a triangular trade, he is interested in links between African production, consumption and the emergence of global capitalism. His research interests include global history, the Atlantic World, and intellectual production by African and African Diasporan thinkers. He earned a BA in Black Studies and French from Oberlin College and an MFA from Columbia University in Non-Fiction Writing. He has studied the Bamanankan language and the N’ko writing system in Bamako, Mali and taught at the Julius Nyerere University of Kankan in Guinea. Before coming to Harvard, was an Associate Editor of the African American National Biography. He was also a journalist in South Florida where he won awards for his coverage of immigration policy and local communities.