Associate Professor and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor
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Educational BackgroundPh.D., Michigan State University, 2012
B.A., Saint Vincent College, 2004
Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
2020 Altshuler Distinguished Teacher Professor Award
2020 M Award
2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant
2018 Dedman College Dean’s Research Council Grant
2017-2018 Southern Methodist University Research Council Research Grant
2016-2017 Sam Taylor Research Fellowship
2016 Engaged Learning Excellence in Mentoring Award
2015 Southern Methodist University Research Council Travel Grant
2015 Southern Methodist University Golden Mustang Teaching Award
2015 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
2012 Michigan State University Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship
2012 Donald Lammers Graduate Student Award
2008 Nnamdi Azikiwe Best Graduate Student Paper in African Studies (MSU African Studies)
2008 MSU Department of History Pre-Dissertation Research Grant
2007 Fulbright-Hays Zulu Group Project Abroad in South Africa
2006-2009 FLAS, MSU African Studies Center – Zulu
- To Swim with Crocodiles: Land, Violence, and Belonging in South Africa, 1800-1996 (Michigan State University Press, 2018 and University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2019).
Articles and Chapters
- “Land Reform for a Landless Chief in South Africa: History and Land Restitution in KwaZulu-Natal,” African Studies Review (forthcoming).
- “Collective Memory and Historical Denials: Local Conflicts during the Transition to Democracy in South Africa,” in Toyin Falola (ed.), Violence in the Postcolony: Creative Pasts and Entangled Histories (forthcoming).
- “King Zwelithini and the Historians,” with Jabulani Sithole and Liz Timbs, in South African Historical Journal 73, no. 2 (2021).
- “In Peace and Rebellion: Inkosi Mhlabunzima Maphumulo” in Born out of Sorrow: Essays on Pietermaritzburg and the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands under Apartheid (1948-1994), Natal Society Foundation (2021): 211-228.
- “Teaching South African History in the Digital Age: Collaboration, Pedagogy, and Popularizing History,” with Omar Badsha, Special Issue, History in Africa 47 (2020): 297-325.
- “Gender, Shame, and the ‘Efficacy of Congress Methods of Struggle’ in 1959 Natal Women’s Revolts,” South African Historical Journal 71, no. 2 (2019).
- “Bantu Authorities and Betterment: The Ambiguous Responses of Natal’s Chiefs and Regents, 1955-1970,” Journal of Southern African Studies 41, no. 2 (2015).
- “Women Were Not Supposed to Fight”: The Gendered Uses of Martial and Moral Zuluness during uDlame (1990-1994) in Jan Bender Shetler (ed.), Gendering Ethnicity in African Women’s Lives. University of Wisconsin Press (May 2015).
- “‘It is because of our Islam that we are there’: The Call of Islam in the United Democratic Front,” African Historical Review 41, no. 1 (Jul 2009): 118-139.