Dr. Alvita Akiboh is a U.S. historian specializing in the history of U.S. overseas colonies in the Caribbean and Pacific. She earned her PhD in History from Northwestern University and BA in History from Indiana University. Before coming to Yale, Akiboh was a postdoctoral fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows.
Dr. Akiboh has conducted research throughout the continental United States and the overseas territories, including American Samoa, Guam, Hawai’i, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her latest research looks at the history of natural disasters and disaster relief in the U.S. colonial empire. At Yale, Dr. Akiboh teaches courses on U.S. history, identity, colonialism, and empire, including What Makes An American?:U.S. National Identity, Founding to Present (Fall ’21) and The United States & the Pacific World (Spring ’22).