Sean Hanretta specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of West Africa. His particular interests are the history of Islam in Africa and of African religions more generally. Past research has focused on Sufism in Francophone West Africa. His current projects focus on Islamic political identity in Accra and on wedding and funeral reform in colonial and postcolonial Gold Coast/Ghana. He also has strong interests in historical theory and methodology, the history of the African diaspora, and comparative histories of slavery.