My primary research interests revolve around Liberia during the early 20th century, in particularly during the First and Second World Wars. My Master’s thesis examined how American ideas of race, gender, and sexuality influenced the creation of a U.S. Army prostitution program in Liberia during World War II and Liberian women’s experiences of this sex operation. My dissertation is an expansion of this project that analyzes how Liberian and American notions race, class, and gender shaped relationships between and experiences of American soldiers and Liberian women during the Second World War. In addition to African History, I am also interested in Environmental History, in particularly the influence that militaries and warfare have had on the environment.
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (African History)
M.S., Troy University (International Relations)
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (History)
- African History
- “‘Uncle Sugar’s Belles:’ Liberian Sex Workers and the U.S. Army in the Second World War”
Working Dissertation Title
- “Exceptional Encounters: American GIs and Liberian Women during the Second World War”
- Review of Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq: Sierra Leonean Labor Migrants at US Military Bases by Kevin J.A. Thomas. H-War, H-Net Reviews. May 2019.
- “A Firsthand Account of Finding Nature on a U.S. Military Base.” Edge Effects. February 27, 2018.
- Review of The Nature of Whiteness: Race, Animals, and Nation in Zimbabwe by Yuka Suzuki. African Studies Review, Volume 60 no. 2 (2017): 239-240.
- Review of Welcome to Greater Edendale: Histories of Environment, Health, and Gender in an African City by Marc Epprecht. Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue canadienne des études africaines, Volume 51 no. 2 (2017): 332-334.
- March 2017 – Omar N. Bradley Historical Research Fellowship
- March 2016 – Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Swahili
- African Studies Association
- The Society for Military History
Courses Taught (as Instructor)
- History 108a – Regional Studies in World History-Africa (United States Military Academy, West Point, NY)
- History 345 – Modern Africa (United States Military Academy, West Point, NY