Gibril Cole

Gibril Cole

Associate Professor
225-C Himes Hall


Courses Taught

West Africa from Pre-History to 1800; West Africa from 1800 to the Present; Islam in Contemporary African Societies; Pre-Colonial Africa; Modern Africa Since 1800


Current Research Interests

Islam and the process of creolization in colonial West Africa 1808-1910; Political violence in post-independence Sierra Leone.


Interested in Directing Theses On

Colonial and Post-Colonial West Africa.



B.A. (Honors), Fourah Bay College (University of Sierra Leone); M.A. California State University, Chico; PhD UCLA


Awards and Honors

UCLA Summer Research Grant

International Studies and Overseas Program Fellowship

Outstanding Faculty Award, UCSD 2004


Notable Articles

“Islam in Africa”, Africa, vol. 5, edited by Toyin Falola (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2003)

“Liberated Slaves and Islam in Nineteenth Century West Africa”, in The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World, edited by Toyin Falola and Matt D. Childs (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004) 

“Rethinking the Demographic Make-up of Krio Society”, in New Perspectives on the Sierra Leone Krio, edited by Mac Dixon-Fyle and Gibril Cole (New York: Peter Lang, 2006).



The Krio of West Africa: Islam, Culture, Creolization, and Colonialism in the Nineteenth Century (Ohio University Press/Swallow Press, 2013)

New Perspectives on the Sierra Leone Krio, editor with Mac Dixon-Fyle (New York: Peter Lang, 2006