I am a historian of Africa and a PhD candidate at Yale University. My research looks at the history of Ghana’s rubber industry from ~1880 to the present. Since 2013, I have conducted extensive archival, oral historical, and participant observation research in Ghana, the United States, and the United Kingdom on this topic. I will defend my dissertation in May 2019.
Throughout my time at Yale (2014 -19), I worked to promote conversation and connections across departments. During the 2018-19 academic year, I served as the Program Coordinator for Agrarian Studies, an interdisciplinary program of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Before that, from 2015-18 (with a hiatus in 2017 while I conducted fieldwork), I worked in different capacities for the McDougal Center for Graduate Student Life to enrich Yale’s graduate and professional student community.
My commitment to encouraging exchange and discussion extends to my teaching, through which I challenge my students to take seriously a wide range of disparate perspectives and modes of expression. At Yale, I sought out opportunities to gain teaching and mentoring experience by participating in Yale’s Teaching Fellow program and by earning a Certificate of College Teaching Preparation through the Center for Teaching and Learning. In the spring term of 2019, I co-taught an undergraduate research seminar entitled “Commodities of Colonialism in Africa” as part of Yale’s Associates in Teaching Program.
I received my bachelors degree in African and Environmental History from Amherst College in 2013. There, I earned All-American honors seven times as a member and captain of the Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. During my first two years of graduate studies at Yale, from 2014-16, I volunteered as an assistant coach for the varsity Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams.
I am a member of the African Studies Association, Ghana Studies Association, Agricultural History Society, and American Society for Environmental History.