I have a passion for teaching. For many years now, I have made an effort to gain experience in the classroom and to learn more effective pedagogical strategies and methods.
- Associate in Teaching for Commodities of Colonialism in Africa (research and writing undergraduate seminar, co-taught with Robert Harms, Yale University, Spring 2019)
- Teaching Fellow for African Encounters with Colonialisms (survey, instructor of record: Daniel Magaziner, Yale University, Fall 2016)
- Instructor for Public Speaking (secondary school course, Northfield Mount Hermon, Summer Session 2012)
- Associate Instructor for Academic Writing (secondary school course, co-taught with Alex Loud, Northfield Mount Hermon, Summer Session 2012)
- Associate Instructor for Geography (secondary school course, co-taught with Sean Foley, Northfield Mount Hermon, Summer Session 2012)
I am currently pursuing a Certificate of College Teaching Preparation through the Center for Teaching and Learning at Yale University. This program prepares graduate student teaching fellows to transition into instructors of record by offering workshops on effective teaching practices. The certificate requires observation of others’ teaching, participation in a learning community, reflection upon feedback on one’s own teaching, the preparation of syllabi, and the completion of a teaching portfolio. I expect to complete this by May 2019. Workshops in which I will have participated by then include:
- Fundamentals of Teaching in the Humanities
- Inclusive Assessment Practices
- Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
- Teaching First-Generation and Non-Traditional Students
- Teaching With Technology
- Preparing and Delivering Effective Lectures
- Leading Effective Discussions
- Syllabus/Course Design
- Transitioning to Instructor of Record
My areas of expertise, in which I passed comprehensive exams in 2016, include:
- African History (with a sub-field on 20th Century Ghana) — particularly emphasized slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, colonial governance, politics of land and identity, resource management and environmental justice, agrarian societies and agricultural development, gender and sexuality, and oral historical research methodology
- Global Environmental History — covered commodities and “workscapes,” water politics, conservation and recreation, food and farming, imperial ecologies, toxic modernity, and climate history
- Decolonization and Development — explored struggles for sovereignty of people in “developing” and “underdeveloped” countries in Africa and Asia in the face of imperialism, the Cold War, structural adjustment programs, non-government organizations, multinational corporations, etc.; examined in particular the tensions of nationalism, the politics of knowledge production, uneven economic development and underdevelopment, African socialism, development as counterinsurgency, and imagined alternatives to the nation-state.
Subjects/courses I am prepared to teach: Slavery and the Slave Trade in Africa; Africa 1800 to Independence; Africa Since 1940; African Environmental History; Commodities of Colonialisms; Business, Environment, and Society; Global Environmental History of the 20th Century; Development in Historical Perspective.