I am an assistant professor of African history. My research interests include the politics of history and memory in colonial and postcolonial Africa, the impact of human rights archiving on historical research, and the increasing turn to legal frameworks and vocabularies in managing legacies of violence and injustice. I am also very interested in post-conflict artistic and cultural production as a potential counterpoint to official state narratives. Geographically, my work focuses on the Great Lakes region (Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and Uganda), though I have also done comparative research on South Africa, Kenya, and Sierra Leone.
My current book manuscript, The Future of Rwanda’s Past: Human Rights, Atrocity Archives, and the Remaking of History after Genocide, examines the changing political, legal, and archival landscape in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide, and its broader consequences for the Rwandan historical field. While the book focuses largely on contemporary processes of historical reckoning and revision, it argues that, in the Rwandan case, these form part of a much longer story of crisis and contestation around knowledge production, nation building, and state power.
In addition to my academic pursuits, I have been involved in various other projects, including ongoing work with the Genocide Archive of Rwanda; research for the landmark Mau Mau reparations case in London’s High Court, which culminated in a financial payout and public apology by the British government for torture and other crimes committed in colonial Kenya during the 1950s; the development of a traveling history exhibit in partnership with the National Museums of Kenya; and youth empowerment and arts advocacy in Goma, DRC as a volunteer for the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival.
National Awards and Fellowships
At Chapman, I teach a wide variety of courses on Sub-Saharan African history. I am also affiliated with the MA Program in War and Society and the Peace Studies Department.