Born and bred in the suburban archipelago of Fairfax County, Virginia, I graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2014 as a double-major in history and religious studies. My undergraduate thesis, which achieved Highest Honors, explored America’s often neglected experience of the Jameson Raid and the 1899-1902 South African War, focusing especially on the successes and failures of pro-Republikeinse (“pro-Boer”) activism and the rhetorical co-optation of the conflict by Americans as a space to work through their own questions of history and identity in a post-Civil War world.
I am interested in issues of identity, culture, and exchange as they relate to the complex landscape of race, class, gender, and power in southern Africa, a region unique on the continent for its history of settlement colonialism and immigration. More specifically, in my graduate studies I hope to continue exploring the relationship between southern Africans and the wider world from the nineteenth century up to the present day, focusing particularly on the realms of religion and humor, two areas of life where competing notions of justice, language, right emotion, and ultimate concern are articulated and defended.
My other academic interests include African history more broadly, American history, pilgrimage studies and the history of leisure.
I am an avid hiker and hope one day to complete a walk from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain on the Camino de Santiago (I completed about 240 miles of this walk on a summer study abroad in 2012).
Fields of Interest: African History (Modern Southern Africa), American History, Cultural History, Pilgrimage Studies
Advisor: Peter Alegi
Teaching Appointment: ISS330A: Africa—Social Science Perspectives: History, Cultures, and Politics (Fall 2015) with Peter Alegi
Other Sites: Academia.edu