Thajilah Asia Ali Olaiya 


Research title: African Lineage in the Danish West Indies: Amina People

Research Summary

Current Research

  • Tracing the Amina in West Africa
  • Investigating the significance of naming
  • Culture and identity of the former Danish West Indies
  • Oral history, memory, and lineage
  • Archival access

Research Interest 

  • Reparations
  • Afro-Caribbean and African-American History
  • Identity, art, and expression
  • Cultural resistance
  • Education and curriculum 


Art Publication:St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John,” The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, 2020:Vol 34, 454.

Olaiya, Thajilah A. Ali. Cultural Representation in Libraries and Ways We Can Improve. Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA) News. Winter 2017; vol. 19, no. 2: 18-19.




Organizer and Instructor: Writing Workshop for Teachers in Graduate Programs. February 2020. Doha

Presentation: Techniques to Engage Learners. NESA and Education Development Institute. 2016. Doha, Qatar.

Presentation: The Rubber Trade in Congo. The Eritrean Cultural Civic Center. 2009. The George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C.

Additional Information

Travel Research

2019 Ghana - PRAAD Archives

2019 London - SOAS Archives

2019 Germany - WWI, WWII & Cold War

2018 Virgin Islands - Danish Forts & African Narratives 

2014/16 Oman - Resources, Trade & Exploration 

2015 Saudi Arabia - Origins of Islam

2013 Morocco - Islamic Calligraphy & Architecture 

2013 Jordan - Abrahamic Religions

2012 Saudi Arabia - Curriculum & Pedagogy through the World Affairs Council

2011 Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia - John Brown’s Rebellion

2006 Peru - Indigenous Narratives


Academic Background

The George Washington University - M.Ed Secondary Education Social Studies

San Francisco State University - B.A. International Women's Studies