Welcome and hello! I wear many hats — as a scholar and writer, and soon as a teacher and coach — so this website offers some information about each one of those areas of my professional life.
This September, I’ll be starting as an Instructor of History at Phillips Academy, an independent secondary school located in Andover, Massachusetts. Previously I’ve worked with students of many ages, from elementary schoolers to college seniors, in various capacities, and I’m thrilled to be joining PA’s History Department to work with high schoolers again. I’ll be teaching primarily World and U.S. History, and eventually I also hope to design other elective courses related to the areas and fields of history on which I’ve focused in the past.
I’m formally trained as a social and environmental historian of Africa. Based on my doctoral research, I’m working on a book manuscript entitled Elastic Allegiances: Producing Rubber and Belonging in Ghana, 1880-2017, which reconstructs the history of Ghana’s rubber industry from the early colonial period to the neoliberal era. Some of my related research has already been published in peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Journal of African History and the Journal of West African History.
In both my teaching and research, I’m very interested in multidisciplinary scholarship. As a grad student, I worked to promote connections across departments, first by working in different capacities for the McDougal Center for Graduate Student Life and later as the Program Coordinator for the interdisciplinary Program in Agrarian Studies of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. For a year after completing my graduate studies, I worked as a Case Writer for the Tobin Project, a non-profit organization devoted to catalyzing social science research aimed at addressing pressing problems facing the world. In my role, I worked with scholars to develop new teaching materials for high school and college history courses designed to help students develop analytic problem-solving and decision-making skills.
I completed my PhD in History at Yale University. Before pursuing my doctorate, I received my BA from Amherst College and then traveled and researched abroad for a year while completing a Watson Fellowship. At Amherst, I was a member and captain of the Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams, and I earned All-American honors seven times. I returned to the sport for a while at Yale, where I volunteered as an assistant coach for the varsity Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams for two years. For the time being, I’ve mostly retired my running shoes to instead earn my endorphins from cycling with my husband, Matt, and taking long walks with my dog, Mackenzie.