Year in Program: 5th year
Advisor: Dr. Laura Fair
Areas of Study: Africa (East),Migration, Gender and sexuality, Indian Ocean, Islamic World, global/transnational history, cultural history, twentieth century history
Languages: Kiswahili, French, Arabic
My field of speciality is the history of Africa in the Indian Ocean. My current research examines migration between Zanzibar and Oman during the twentieth century. In my dissertation project, Living Between Oman and Zanzibar: A Social History of Twentieth Century Transnational Families, I use a combination of oral history interviews, archival documents, and privately held documents and materials to answer two central research questions: How did migrants’ actions create a transnational community? and how did changing laws, regimes, and economic situations over the course of the twentieth century affect migrant families? Through answering these questions I address literatures on transnationalism, migration, and the histories of connections and ethnicity in the Western Indian Ocean.
My research in Zanzibar has been supported by the Fulbright IIE Student award. In 2018, I am continuing research in Oman, the UK, and Zanzibar with the support of Fulbright Hays DDRA.