Department Chair

  • James C. Harrison
    Professor of History
    Kiernan Hall 228

Robert Nii Nartey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

227 Kiernan Hall
Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211

Phone: (518) 782-6566

B.A. University of Ghana, West Africa.
M.A. University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies)
M. A. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Ph.D University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Robert Nii Nartey has been teaching at Siena College since 1989. His specialty is African History, particularly colonial and post -colonial themes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research interests include race relations in Africa, focused on the former settler colonies, especially South Africa; Independent African Churches; and Female Circumcision and its Negative Impact on Girls and Women in Africa. He teaches History 101: The Shaping of the Contemporary World, and his upper-division courses include Pre-Colonial Africa, Modern Africa, and a race relations course focused on Conflict and Interdependence in South Africa. Dr. Nartey's passion is undergraduate teaching. Previous to coming to Siena College, he had taught at the University of Science an Technology at Kumasi in Ghana, West Africa, University of Illinois in Chicago, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, Illinois Benedictine College, Lisle, Illinois, University of Iowa in Iowa City, Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Currently, Dr Nartey is working on a research project to investigate the Image of Africa and Africans in the Minds of Americans. This research seeks to align historical methodology with social science methodology to probe the perceptions and misperceptions of Africa and its people.

Dr. Nartey is an avid  soccer player, and he has a long term ambition to write a book on the role of soccer in African societies.