Bianca Murillo is an Associate Professor of History at California State University, Dominguez Hills. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her Ph.D. in History at the University of California at Santa Barbara with concentrations in African History, Colonialism and Empire, Transnational History, and Feminist Studies. Her work draws on extensive archival and oral history research conducted in the U.K., Europe, and West Africa and has been funded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and Fulbright-Hays. Her book Market Encounters: Consumer Cultures in Twentieth Century Ghana (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2017) is a history of global capitalism that investigates how race, gender, and power are constructed through commercial networks. Bianca’s new project is a comparative history of West African security guards, security work, and migration in cities like Accra, Los Angeles, and London. Her writing has been published in the journals Africa, Enterprise & Society, and Gender & History.
Header photo: Ring Road to Circle at Sunset. Accra, Ghana. 2007