Wallace Teska is a historian of West Africa with broad interests in histories of law, gender, religion, and slavery. His in-progress dissertation, “Paths to Justice: Law, Religion, and Social Change in French West Africa,” employs written and oral sources in Arabic, Bamanankan, and French to analyze the evolution of multiple formal and informal legal systems in Côte d’Ivoire and Mali from the pre-colonial period to the present. Before coming to Stanford, Wallace served as an education volunteer in Benin with the U.S. Peace Corps and worked as a legal analyst at an international law firm in New York.
Wallace has received grants and fellowships from, among others, Stanford’s Center for African Studies, the French Colonial Historical Society, and the American Society for Legal History. In 2021-2022 he is undertaking archival research and fieldwork in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal with support from the Fulbright Program, the West African Research Association, and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.