I’m an environmental historian of Africa primarily interested in agricultural and economic development in West Africa. My current book project, entitled Elastic Allegiances: Producing Rubber and Belonging in Ghana, 1880-2017, reconstructs the history of Ghana’s rubber industry from the early colonial period to the neoliberal era. The study uses rubber as a lens into topics ranging from the colonial erasure of indigenous environmental knowledge to the manufacturing of colonial borders, from Cold War politicking to the evolution of “Corporate Social Responsibility,” and more. I’m now working to revise the manuscript, which draws from my dissertation that I defended and submitted to Yale University’s Department of History in the spring of 2019. Currently, I’m a Research Associate in Smith College’s Department of History.
I work as a Case Writer for the Tobin Project, a non-profit organization that is devoted to mobilizing academic research in the social sciences and humanities to address pressing problems facing the world today. In my role, I work with scholars to develop new teaching materials that will facilitate case method teaching at the high school, college, and graduate levels. This pedagogical method has been proven to have the capacity to help students retain more information and develop problem-solving and decision-making skills while inspiring them to become more engaged citizens. I’m really excited about the case method’s potential for revolutionizing how we teach history (as well as a range of other disciplines, such as economics and political science).
Before pursuing my doctorate, I received my bachelors degree from Amherst College in 2013 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 and, more often, taking long walks with my chocolate lab.