I’m a historian of Africa primarily interested in agricultural and economic development in West Africa. My research looks at the history of Ghana’s rubber industry from ~1880 to the present, which offers a useful lens into questions around topics ranging from community building to corporate social responsibility, from Cold War politicking to the production of post-colonial sovereignties & subjectivities, and more. I defended my dissertation for Yale’s Department of History in May 2019.
Throughout my time at Yale (2014 -19), 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. I also had the pleasure of teaching African history courses while working toward a Certificate of College Teaching Preparation through the Center for Teaching and Learning. My goal when working with college students is to push them to recognize a variety of perspectives different from their own, and to help them see the ways that they can not only study history but could shape it, too.
I now 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 a research team along with scholars to develop new teaching materials that will facilitate case method teaching at the high school, college, and graduate levels.
I received my bachelors degree 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.