Pierluigi Valsecchi is Professor of African History in the Department of Political and Social Studies, University of Pavia. Previously he taught in the Universities of Teramo and Urbino. He received his PhD in History from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. He has worked on Ghanaian history (17th-20th century). His current research deals with the 19th-20th century history of the Ghana-Côte d’Ivoire border regions. He is the author of several articles and books, including Power and State Formation in West Africa. Appolonia from the 16th to the 18th Century (2011), Africa: la storia ritrovata (2016, co-authored with G.P. Calchi Novati), and is co-editor (with Fabio Viti) of Mondes Akan/Akan Worlds. Identity and power in West Africa (1999).