Sara Berry

Academy Professor and Professor Emeritus, History



Trained initially in economics, history professor Berry has specialized in using micro-historical research to promote interdisciplinary analysis of social and economic transformations, and to bring comparative and historical perspectives to bear on understanding contemporary African political economies.

Berry holds a BA in history from Radcliffe College and a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan.

Her books include Fathers Work for Their Sons: Accumulation, Mobility and Class Formation in an Extended Yoruba Community (1985); No Condition is Permanent: The Social Dynamics of Agrarian Change in Sub-Saharan Africa (1993); and Chiefs Know Their Boundaries: Essays on Poverty, Power and the Past in Asante, 1896-1996 (2000).