Williams Oluwaseun

Oluwaseun Otosede Williams

PhD Researcher in International History and Politics
Spoken languages
English, Yoruba, Gun, Pidgin
Areas of expertise
  • History of capitalism
  • Public health
  • Colonialism
  • History of veterinary public health
  • History of livestock capitalism
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Africa
  • Nigeria

PhD Thesis


Title: The Meat of the Story: Livestock Capitalism, Meat Production and Veterinary Public Health in Nigerian History, 1878–1960

PhD Supervisors: Aidan Russell and Vinh-Kim Nguyen

Expected completion date: 2024

Williams’ ongoing doctoral study investigates the history of livestock capitalism, meatification and the associated critical linkages between human and animal nutrition and health in colonial Nigeria.





Oluwaṣeun Otosede Williams is a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant at the International History and Politics Department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees (with distinction) in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His research interests intersect the histories of veterinary public health, food, commodities, capitalism, and colonialism in Nigeria.


Research Interests


  • Histories of Veterinary Public Health

  • Environmental Health

  • Food History 

  • Urban History

  • Social History

  • Capitalism

  • Commodities

  • Colonialism

  • Law and Order




Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant – International History and Politics Department, the Geneva Graduate Institute - 2022/2023

Editorial Secretary – Essays in History [Journal of the Students’ Historical Society of Nigeria, University of Lagos] - 2012-2013


other work experiences


Co-Organizer – Fondation Pierre du Bois Doctoral Workshop, 2022

Member – Conference, Workshop and Seminar Committee of the Lagos Studies Association, 2017-2022

Panel Organiser – “(De)Colonizing Guts: Multi-Species Studies of Food in Everyday (Inter-/Post-)Colonial Contexts” Panel at the 6th Annual Lagos Studies Association Conference, Lagos, Nigeria


Fellowships, Grants and Awards


The Geneva Graduate Institute’s Excellence Scholarship – 2019-2022

Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW/ASSH) Travel Subsidy 2022

Fondation Pierre du Bois Doctoral Workshop Grant – 2022

Fondation Pierre du Bois Research Travel Grant – 2021

The Geneva Graduate Institute’s Doctoral Research/Travel Grant – 2021

Lagos State Scholarship Board’s Masters Grant – 2016

Lagos State Scholarship Board’s Undergraduate Bursary – 2012, 2013, 2014





Lagos Studies Association

Swiss Society for History

World History Association

The Graduate Association for Food Studies

World Association for the History of Veterinary Medicine

Association for the Study of Food and Society