Chima J. Korieh specializes in West African social and economic history in the 19th and 20th centuries, gender relations, and comparative slavery. He is author or editor of over ten books including The Land Has Changed: History, Society, and Gender in Colonial Eastern Nigeria (Calgary 2010). Drawing on an array of sources relation to colonial attempts to transform local agriculture, the book reveals colonial interactions as negotiated encounters between officials and natives and challenges simplistic notions of a hegemonic colonial state and a compliant native population. He is currently working on a new book, War and Empire: And African Society and The Second World War (Nigeria). The books explores the extraordinary story of how the African population was drawn into the war on the side of the Allied powers, the intense demands made on the population and their resources and their attempt to overcome the crisis engendered by the war, which have usually remained neglected and underappreciated. Korieh is the Director of the Biafra War Oral History/Genocide Project and editor of two journals: Igbo Studies Review and Nigerian Studies Review. Korieh is a fellow of the African Studies Center, Leiden and a British Academy Fellow at Oxford in 2008.