Scholar: Ivor Miller

Dr. Ivor Miller, a cultural historian specializing in the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and the Americas, is currently a research fellow at the African Studies Center of Boston University and a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar teaching in the Department of History at the University of Calabar. His most recent book, “Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba” (UP of Mississippi 2009) is based upon fieldwork in Nigeria, Cameroon, Cuba, and New York City. It documents ritual languages and practices which survived the Middle Passage and evolved into a unifying charter for transplanted slaves and their successors. Current research interests are the pre-colonial formation of the Ekpe (leopard) society in West Africa, as well as issues of gender in initiation societies in the African Diaspora. He has also published a book on the early Hip hop movement in New York City.