Presentations

To share and receive feedback on my findings, I have presented my research at numerous universities and conferences. I also make a concerted effort to organize conference panels that bring scholars together on a common topic, which I find can inspire generative discussions and meaningful connections across and within intellectual communities.

Invited Talks

“’We Must Have Every Ounce’: The Gold Coast Rubber Campaign during the Second World War,” University of Ghana History Department Seminar, September 2017.

Conference Presentations

Upcoming: “‘An Imperialist Factory on Our Soil’?: Firestone, Plantation Paternalism, and Working for Personhood in Ghana, 1967-81,” on panel “Encountering Agribusiness,” Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting, June 2019.

Pending acceptance: “‘A Better Relationship with Our Neighbors’: The Climate Crisis of 1983 and the Origins of Corporate Social Responsibility in Western Ghana,” submitted to be presented at the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 2019.

“‘Firestone – In Ghana, with Ghana’: Rubber, Employment, and Neocolonialism in Ghana, 1966-81,” on panel “Beyond the ‘Political Kingdom’: Struggles for Sovereignty in Post-colonial Ghana,” sponsored by the Ghana Studies Association, African Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 2018.

“‘It’s All Work and Happiness on the Farms’: Agricultural Development Between the Blocs in Nkrumah’s Ghana,” Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting, May 2018.

“‘In the Nature of a Crusade’: The Gold Coast Rubber Campaign during the Second World War,” Yale University New Perspectives in Environmental History, April 2018.

“Tapping Ghanaians: Kwame Nkrumah’s Rubber Project, 1958-68,” American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, March 2018.

“’It’s All Work and Happiness on the Farms’: Agricultural Development Between the Blocs in Nkrumah’s Ghana,” Greater NY African History Workshop, March 2018.

“Tapping Ghanaians: Kwame Nkrumah’s Rubber Scheme, 1957-1966,” Greater New York African History Workshop, Drexel University, April 2016 and African Peoples and Their Environments Workshop, Georgetown University, April 2016.

“’Yu No Sidon, Yu Wan Ledon – Yu Go Fodon’: Rice Hunger, and Memory in Sierra Leone,” African Studies Association Annual Meeting, November 2015.

“A Trail of Tales: Homegrown Commodities and Global Communities,” Watson Foundation Annual Fellows Conference, August 2014.

Internal / Departmental Presentations 

“Planting Trees, Tapping Ghanaians: Cultivating Rubber and Nationhood in 20th Century Ghana,” Yale University Environmental History Prospectus Workshop, December 2016.

“Planting Trees, Tapping Ghanaians: History of the Rubber Industry in Ghana, 1957-Present – Preliminary Findings,” Yale University Council on African Studies Brown Bag Series, January 2016.

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