University of Wisconsin–Madison

Biography

I study the intellectual histories of Africa and the Caribbean in the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on the evolution of racial thought. More generally, I am interested in migration, black internationalism, and the transnational flow of ideas.

My dissertation examines a group of people from the Caribbean who became colonial administrators in the French and British colonies of Africa in the early twentieth-century. I am investigating how their experiences in Africa and their exchanges with African intellectuals effected major changes in their thinking about Africans, colonialism, racial unity, and empire. I am also tracing the links between these Caribbean administrators and the black internationalist movements of the interwar period to illuminate how colonial ideas about race, progress, and geography informed black internationalism.

Education

B.A., University of Ottawa (History, 2010)

Field

  • African and African diaspora history; Caribbean history; intellectual history

MA Title

  • “Caribbean Colonizers: Assimilation and Diasporic Imagination in the French Empire, 1880-1960”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Africa and the Atlantic Imagination: An Intellectual History of Empire and Black Internationalism in the Twentieth Century”

Selected Publications

  • “Blurring the Touchlines of Empire: The Diasporic Identities of Arthur Wharton and Walter Tull.” In Identity and Nation in African Football: Fans, Community, and Clubs, edited by Chuka Onwumechili and Gerard Akindes, 19-35. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • “The Pitch of Empire: Review Essay of Soccer Empire by Laurent Dubois (2010) and African Soccerscapes by Peter Alegi (2010).” Social History/Histoire Sociale 45, no. 90 (November 2012): 413-417.

Awards

  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2017-2018
  • Mellon/Wisconsin Summer Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2017
  • C. K. Adams Fellowship, Department of History, UW-Madison, 2016
  • Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2015-2016
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Award, 2013-2015
  • A. C. Jordan Prize for best graduate student paper on Africa at UW-Madison, 2013
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship, UW-Madison, 2011-2013

Professional Affiliations

  • African Studies Association
  • American Historical Association
  • Association of Caribbean Historians

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 277 — Africa: An Introductory Survey. Prof. Neil Kodesh, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 2013
  • History 278 — Africans in the Americas, 1492-1808. Prof. James Sweet, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring 2014

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 278 — Africans in the Americas, 1492-1808. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring 2017