University of Wisconsin–Madison


I am a cross-borders historian, who studies the transnational and intellectual relationship between the United States and East Africa. My interests lie in the dialogue between Tanzanian and African American political activists in order to understand how nationalist and post-independence ideologies in East Africa informed Black activism in the U.S. My M.A. work at, the University of Chicago, began with Brenda Gayle Plummer’s concept of “moral geography.” As transnational connections deepened in the sixties, many Black thinkers crafted counter-narratives to the prevailing liberal race relations paradigms that spoke to the endurance of diasporic struggles against imperialism.

My broader specializations are race/race relations, definitions of equality, human rights discourse, transnational intellectual and cultural themes, and trends in white supremacy identified by activists/freedom fighters.


M.A., University of Chicago
B.A., University of California at Santa Cruz


  • Intellectual U.S., East Africa, Human Rights Movement and Discourse

MA Title

  • “Psychological Equality: A Foundation of the Post-1965 Black Freedom Struggle.”

Selected Publications

  • “Prophetic Urgency: The 1963 James Baldwin and Martin Luther King, Jr. Warnings to America.” Symposia: The Journal of Religion, 8 (2016). March 2017.

Selected Awards

  • Graduate School Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Academic Year 2017-18.
  • Master of Arts Program in Social Sciences Tuition Award, University of Chicago, Fall 2016-Summer 2017
  • Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Study Abroad Scholarship Award, December 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association (2016)