Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., History, University of Cambridge, 2013
  • MPhil, Historical Studies, University of Cambridge, 2008
  • M.A., Church History, Wheaton College, 2007
  • B.A., History, Baylor University, 2005

Professional Memberships

  • African Studies Association
  • British Institute in Eastern Africa
  • Conference on Faith and History
  • World History Association

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests
The Political and Religious History of Africa and the Middle East
African Intellectual History
The Indian Ocean World
Zanzibar

Recent Publications

Missionaries, Empire and African Studies,” review essay in African Studies Review 58 (April 2015): 237-242.

“Women and Non-Ethnic Politics in East Africa, 1934-1947,” in Gendering Ethnicity in African Women’s Lives, Jan Bender Shetler, ed. (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2015), 123-152.

“Conceiving the Tanganyika-Zanzibar Union in the Midst of the Cold War: Internal and International Factors” The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs 41 (April 2014): 35-70.

“Close Encounters of the Muslim Kind: The CMS and Islam on the East African Coast, 1874-1911,” Transformation 27 (October 2010): 248-260.

Book Review of The East African Revival: History and Legacies edited by Kevin Ward and Emma Wild-Wood in Missiology: An International Review 41:3 (July 2013), 361-362.

Book Review of Dhow Cultures and the Indian Ocean: Cosmopolitanism, Commerce, and Islam by Abdul Sheriff in Africa Today 57:4 (Summer 2011), 133-135.

“James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey,” “Fred Kubai,” and “Harry Thuku” in Dictionary of African Biography eds. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Emmanuel Akyeampong (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Book Review of Pan-Africanism or Pragmatism? Lessons of Tanganyika-Zanzibar Union by Issa G. Shivji in Africa Today 57:1 (Fall 2010), 79-81.

Book Review of Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Africa ed. Terence O. Ranger in Fides et Historia 41 (Summer/Fall 2009): 88-90.

“Central African Christianity” in The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization ed. George Kurian (London: Blackwell Publishing, 2008).

Recent Presentations

Presenter (April 2014). “Crossing Boundaries and the Creation of African Consciousness: The Continental Influence of James Aggrey,”14th Annual Africa Conference at The University of Texas, Austin, Texas.

Presenter (May 2013). “Narratives of African Intellectual History: Transnational Connections,” Bridgewater State University Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship May Conference, Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Presenter (April 2013). “Conceptualizing East Africa: The Historical Writings of Paul Sindi Seme,” The Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Presenter (December 2012). “Re-examining African Elite: The Political Activists of Colonial Tanganyika,” 55th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association [USA], Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Presenter (August 2012). “A Small Stage for a Global Conflict: Decolonization, the Cold War and Revolution in Zanzibar,” 7th International Seminar on Decolonization, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Presenter (November 2011). “Women and Non-Ethnic Politics in East Africa, 1934-1947,” 54th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association [USA], Washington D.C.

Presenter (May 2011). “The Women of the African Association and women's political activity in Tanganyika and Zanzibar during the 1930s and 1940s,” African Research Forum Seminar, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Chair and Discussant (March 2011). “Islam and History in West Africa: New Approaches to Social and Economic Change,”Africa Research Forum, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Presenter (March 2011). “Missionaries and Muslims in East Africa before the Great War,” Henry Martyn Seminar, Westminster College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Presenter (February 2011). “Rethinking the Origins of Political Thought in Colonial East Africa: The Local, Regional and Global Intellectual Influences on the African Association,” African History and Politics Seminar, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Presenter (November 2010). “James Aggrey’s “African Nation” and alternative identities in Colonial East Africa,” 53rd Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association [USA], San Francisco, California.

Presenter (September 2010). “Thinking outside the (Colonial) Boundaries: The Continental thinking of the African Association in the 1930s,” African Studies Association [UK] Biennial Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom.

Presenter (July 2010). “Inter-Religious Competition as a Catalyst for Intra-Faith Cooperation in East Africa, 1907-1913,” 19th Annual conference of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity, New College, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Presenter (March 2010). “Missionary Perceptions of Islam in East Africa Before the First World War,” African Studies Research Group, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, United Kingdom.

 Presenter (May 2009), “A Post-Nationalist Reading of African Politics in late Colonial East Africa,” World History Seminar, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.   

Awards & Recognition

Awards

  • 2013: Awarded a research grant from the Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship at Bridgewater State University for research in Ghana.
  • 2012: Selected to be a participant of the Seventh International Seminar on Decolonization held at the Library of Congress, sponsored by the National History Center, the American Historical Association, the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress and funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
  • 2011: Awarded a research grant from the Smuts Memorial Fund for translating and edited the papers of Paul Sindi Seme for a monograph entitled African Moses: The Life and work of Paul Sindi Seme, Pan-African Visionary.
  • 2010: Awarded a research grant from the Prince Consort Fund for research in Kenya and Uganda.
  • 2009: Received the Vera London Award by the Royal Historical Society for research in the United  Kingdom.
  • 2009: Awarded a research grant from the Holland Rose Fund for research in Tanzania.
  • 2009: Awarded a Sir Bartle Frere Exhibition award for research in Tanzania.
  • 2009: Awarded a research grant from the Smuts Memorial Fund for research in Tanzania.
  • 2009 & 2010: Awarded a Lightfoot Grant for research in Zanzibar.
  • 2007-8: Received the Corfield Scholarship of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge.
  • 2007: Received the Kenneth A. Kantzer Award in Church History, Wheaton College.