I am a fifth year doctoral candidate, working with Peter Alegi. My research focuses on the intersections of age, gender, and ethnicity in identity formation among Zulu-speakers in South Africa. My dissertation traces the institution of the amabutho (Zulu regiments) from its origins as a pre-colonial military system to its contemporary invocations in the fight against HIV/AIDS. For the 2016 calendar year, I will be away from MSU conducting research for this project in the KwaZulu-Natal province as a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellow.
Prior to joining the History Department at MSU, I earned a B.A. in History and Political Science at Belmont University. I followed this with a M.A. in Comparative World History at George Mason University, under the supervision of Benedict Carton. While at GMU, I also produced a M.A. thesis on the history of the first U.S. government-funded HIV programs in South Africa, investigating the gendered policies of the program and the connections between early interventions in South Africa and their contemporary legacies.
As a digital historian, I work to integrate digital methods and tools to enhance both my research and my workflow. As a Cultural Heritage Informatics fellow in the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic years, I learned tools and methods that allowed me to build my first digital project, Imbiza: A Digital Repository of the 2010 World Cup (Another project, Zulus on Display, was also built during my time at CHI but currently is under construction). I have also worked as a graduate assistant in LEADR, working with instructors to design digital assignments and integrate digital tools into undergraduate and graduate courses. In 2014, I began the Digital Archive series for Africa Is A Country, reviewing new projects and archives of interest to Africanists. I have also contributed content to Football Is Coming Home and GradHacker.