Caitlin Barker

Year in Program: 1

Advisor: Dr. Jamie Monson

Research Languages: French, Hausa, Mandarin Chinese

Educational Background: B.A. Political Science, Kenyon College, 2013


I am a doctoral student studying modern African history, with a particular interest in China-Africa relations during the Cold War. My research will focus on the ideological connections between Maoist China and left-wing political groups in Cameroon and Niger during the 1950s and 1960s.

After graduating from Kenyon College in 2013 with a B.A. in political science, I taught American history at Hefei No. 8 Senior Middle School in Hefei, China. I then served as a Peace Corps Community Health Volunteer in the Eastern Adamawa region of Cameroon, before returning to Hefei to teach English at Anhui Agricultural University.

My research is supported by a University Distinguished Fellowship from the Michigan State University Graduate School, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education.