Research Interests

  • Africa, East Africa
  • Global history
  • Modern Europe

Research Description

My dissertation research examines how capitalism has changed the ways in which food has been acquired in Kenya from the late nineteenth century until recent times. I also have three article-length research projects. One explores post-colonial Kenyan tourism marketing in Europe and North America, the next examines the commercialization of fishing on the Kenyan section of Lake Victoria during the colonial period, and the third considers the possibility of solidarity between Africans and Arabs in Mombasa during the late-colonial period within a broader coastal context of racial conflict between these groups.


  • MA, Western Washington University, 2011
  • BA, Western Washington University, 2007

Distinctions / Awards

  • William C. Widenor Teaching Appointment, Department of History, UIUC, Fall 2015


  • Dissertation Completion Fellow, Graduate College, UIUC, 2016-17
  • Nicholson Fellow, IPRH, UIUC, 2015-16
  • Intersect, Cultures of Law in a Global Context, UIUC, 2015-16 (declined)
  • ABD Academic-Year Fellowship, Department of History, UIUC, 2014-2015
  • Dissertation Travel Grant, Graduate College, UIUC, Awarded Fall 2014 Competition
  • Departmental pre-dissertation research grant to Kenya, Summer 2013
  • FLAS, funding to study Swahili in Mombasa, Kenya, Center for Global Studies, Summer 2012
  • FLAS, Swahili, Center for Global Studies, 2012-2013
  • FLAS, Swahili, Center for Global Studies, 2011-2012