Ademide Adelusi-AdeluyiAdemide Adelusi-Adeluyi
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., NYU, 2016

Areas of specialization: Lagos, West Africa, Urban History, Maps and Mapmaking, Spatial Humanities, Historical Cartography, Precolonial and Colonial Africa.

Research Interests

Trained as both historian and software engineer, Professor Adelusi-Adeluyi’s research into the history of African cities combines a set of interdisciplinary interests in African and urban history, technology, cartography and spatial humanities. She joined UCR’s History department in July 2015 and received her PhD in History from NYU in 2016. 

She is currently at work on two projects. Her current book project, A Lagoon City: Lagos in the Nineteenth-Century Bight of Benin, is a spatial history of pre-colonial Lagos. It maps the ways indigenous peoples in Lagos, Badagry, and Abeokuta shaped their cities, and even how they destroyed them in the tense competitions for political and economic power in the final decades of the transatlantic slave trade.

Another project is a cartographic database of new and old maps of Lagos, spanning 1845 to 1906. These historical vignettes narrate urban change in Lagos by documenting and illustrating the effects that civil wars, colonialism, slavery, emancipation and religion had on the city’s urban fabric. For these narratives, visit:

For an updated list of publications and other research and writing, see


Maps: A History of Cartography (HIST 089)

African Cities in Modern History (HIST 138)

Africa: In Fiction, Film & Science Fiction (HIST 139)

The Historian as Detective: Writing African Histories (HIST 001)

New Approaches to Urban History (HIST 250)

Professional Affiliations:

African Studies Association (ASA), member.

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), member.

Lagos Studies Association, founding member.

Urban History Association (UHA), member.

Nigerian Studies Association (NSA), Social Media Secretary

American Historical Association (AHA), member.