University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kathleen Alfin

Advisor: Florence Bernault

Kathleen Alfin


My primary research interests revolve around Liberian international and military relations. In particular, I seek to examine the relationship between Liberian and U.S. military forces and the Firestone Rubber Company during the early 20th century. Other minor research interests of mine include transnational environmental history, in particularly the influence of militaries and warfare on the environment, and the history of material culture in Central and East Africa.


M.S., Troy University (International Relations)

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (History)


  • African History


  • March 2017- Omar N. Bradley Historical Research Fellowship
  • March 2016 – Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Swahili

Professional Affiliations

  • African Studies Association
  • The Society for Military History