Katie Carline

At Michigan State, I study the social and religious history of South Africa. I am interested in how nineteenth and twentieth-century South Africans employed religious identities, vocabularies, and networks to negotiate their positions within a colonial state. Additionally, my research inquires about mobility and migration in colonial-era South Africa.

Before moving to East Lansing, I lived in Kenya, Djibouti, Japan, and Canada. In 2012, I completed a B.A.(hons) in History at Tyndale University College in Toronto, Ontario. In 2015, I completed an M.A. in African History at Dalhousie University, Halifax. My thesis, titled, “Undefeated Ambition in an Unsympathetic Empire: the Kat River Settlement in the Cape Colony, 1853-1872” won the 2016 Governor General’s Gold Medal for Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Year in Program: 1

Fields: African History (South Africa), World History, Migration

Advisor: Dr. Peter Alegi


Research Languages: isiZulu

Educational Background: M.A. African History, Dalhousie University (2015); B.A.(hons) History, Tyndale University College (2012)


Email: carlinek@msu.edu