I am a doctoral student studying African History. My research focuses on the contribution of women in Islamization throughout Senegambia. I am particularly interested in examining the contribution of elite Muslim women, “casted” women, enslaved women, and women migrants to the production of Islamic knowledge, teaching, and upholding the “health” of Muslim community through active participation in religious ceremonies including Muslim weddings and funeral ceremonies roughly from 1600s to the present.
My master’s research, “The Politics of Minority (In)Tolerance: The case of The Gambia and Ahmadiyya Community,” explores the changing nature of the relationship between the Gambian state and the Ahmadiyya community. Ahmadiyya is a global Islamic minority group that has often faced significant repression and targeted violence by Sunni majority states.
I am a member of African Studies Association, International Studies Association, MSU History Graduate Association, and West African Research Association. I have presented research papers at conferences including the Graduate Student Research Conference, History Department at Ohio University, International Studies Association, and African Studies Association.
Instructor/TA Experience (Michigan State University)
HST: 329 College Sport History
ISS: 330A African History, Society & Culture
TA Experience (Ohio University, Athens)
POLS 1500: Themes in Global Politics
POLS 2500: Introduction to International Relations