Fields of Study: African History
Advisor: Emmanuel Kreike
I study the modern history of colonial southern Africa, focusing on central Mozambique. My dissertation uses labor to examine mobility in central Mozambique during the 1940s and 1950s, tracing how individuals navigated the plural possibilities of migrant labor and how Portuguese officials sought to govern this process. I'm also interested in the social history of transportation, the history of colonial punishment, the history of development projects, and the relationship between public history, historical memory, and the production of academic history.
Before coming to Princeton, I received my BA from Wesleyan University in 2005, where I got my first taste of conducting research by writing a senior thesis on the Reagan Administration's policy toward southern Africa during the apartheid wars. I spent 2005 through 2008 working for nonprofits in my hometown of Washington DC, where I reconnected with favored watering holes and the enduring pain of the Washington professional sports scene. I spent parts of 2009, 2010, and 2011 conducting research in Mozambique, where I learned how to ride standing up in the back of flatbed trucks and developed major addictions to grilled squid and fresh pineapples. Since then I have been happily installed in Princeton, where I spend lots of time sitting in front of computers and cooking with Jersey fresh produce. I work with Emmanuel Kreike and Mariana Candido.
My current CV can be found here.