Year in Program: 5
Fields: African History (South Africa), Global History, Digital History
Advisor: Peter Alegi
Committee: Peter Alegi, Laura Fair, Glenn Chambers, Dean Rehberger
Research Languages: isiXhosa, isiZulu
Educational Background: M.A. History, Dalhousie University (2015); B.A.(hons) History, Tyndale University College (2012)
At Michigan State, I study the social and religious history of South Africa, particularly in the Eastern Cape region. I am interested in religious identities, gender, urbanization, and popular culture in the early twentieth century. My dissertation uses oral and archival records to tell the history of manyanos, black women’s Christian prayer and service associations, in the segregated city of East London.
My dissertation research is funded by a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada.
Additionally, I am interested in the digital humanities broadly, and specifically in making academic research about South African history accessible and interesting to public audiences. In 2017-2018 I was a fellow in the Cultural Heritage and Informatics (CHI) Initiative, organized by the MSU Department of Anthropology and MATRIX.
In 2016 and 2017, I was on the organizing committee of the Migration With(out) Boundaries Graduate Student conference.
Before moving to East Lansing, I lived in Kenya 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.