I am currently Director of the Centre of African Studies and Professor of Comparative African History at the University of Edinburgh. I am also the President of AEGIS, the European network of African Studies Centres. I am interested in African borderlands, the politics of Ghana, the history of the slave trade, post-colonial Africa and the history of wine and temperance. I also have a side interest in African militaries, the political economy of taxation and histories of consumption more broadly. The book I am completing at the moment is a history of state-making from the margins in West Africa (Ghana, Togo, Senegal and the Gambia), after which I will be working on a history of the South African wine industry. Drinking decent Burgundy while listening to jazz and turning some well-marinated lamb chops on the braai is what keeps me sane.