Teaching

I’m passionate about teaching and understanding how people learn best. As a graduate student at Yale, I 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 challenge 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.

Experience

  • 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)

Training

In the Spring of 2019 I completed a Certificate of College Teaching Preparation through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Yale University. The CTL offers a space for Yale affiliates interested in pedagogy to attend teaching workshops and learn from one another about how to better serve students from diverse walks of life. Workshops I found most useful included, for example, “Inclusive Assessment Practices,” “Teaching First-Gen and Non-Traditional Students,” and “Preparing and Delivering Effective Lectures.” Through the CTL, I also had the chance to study fundamental theories of pedagogy, observe experienced teachers in action, and gain feedback on my own teaching and syllabi.

Course Offerings

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.