Personal Statement:

I am a social historian of 19th and 20th century Africa with specific interests in theories and practices of development and global commodity exchange. My current research examines the history of co-operative societies in Ghana from the 1930s to the present day. Tracing the history of these co-operatives not only highlights an important social and economic movement in Ghana during the colonial and post-colonial era, but also reveals a larger transnational history of similar co-operative movements taking place across the British Empire and other parts of the global south beginning in the early 1900s. Studying the history of these co-operatives, both in Ghana and beyond, allows me to make several important interventions. in the history of development, North/South agricultural commodity trade, consumer culture, and most importantly local forms of resistance among colonized people groups.

Here are some of the key question I ask:

  • How are current discourses of development, such as fair-trade co-operative societies,  linked with similar discourses from the colonial-era? And does the continued reliance on colonial methods of commodity exchange limit our ability to create more dynamic and mutually beneficial forms of development and trade?
  • How have local populations altered general discourses of development, primarily created in Western Europe and the United States, to resist or alter colonial relationships in their favor?
  • Why do people across the world, both in the global north and south,  often participate in development projects regardless of major economic gains?  What role do utopian imaginations play in longterm commitment and participation in these movements? And how do the imagined outcomes of participation in such movements vary between farmers, traders, manufacturers and consumers who buy into such methods of commodity exchange?

Overall this study addresses the ethics of consumer capitalism, questions regarding the structure of international commodity exchange, and a rethinking of the very language used to describe the world in terms of comparative development.

Teaching Fields:

  • Modern Africa
  • World History
  • History of Development
  • Comparative Race and Ethnicity
  • Comparative Genocide

Courses Taught:

Instructor of Record:

  • Crafton Hills Community College: History 171 World Civilizations Since 1500CE – Spring 2017
  • Crafton Hills Community College: History 150 Latin American History – Spring 2017
  • Crafton Hills Community College: History 101 History of the United States 1865 to the Present – Fall 2016
  • Crafton Hills Community College: History 170 World Civilizations 3500BCE to 1500CE – Fall 2016

Teacher Assistant / Discussion Sections:

  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History 49A / Black Studies 49A African History up to 1800 – Winter 2018
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History 2A World History up to 1000C CE – Fall 2017
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History 2C World History1700 to the Present – Spring 2015
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History / Black Studies 49B African History 1800 to the Present – Winter 2015
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History / Black Studies 49A African History up to 1800 – Fall 2014
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History / Black Studies 49A African History up to 1800 – Summer 2014
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History 2C World History 1700 to Present – Spring 2014
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History 2A World History up to 1000 CE – Winter 2014
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History/ Black Studies 49A African History up to 1800 – Fall 2013
  • California State University, San Bernardino: History 144 World Civ. III the Expansion of Europe – Spring 2013
  • California State University, San Bernardino:: History 201 U.S. History 1877-Present – Fall 2012

Awards & Professional Activities:

Academic Awards and Scholarships:

  • UCSB History Associates Award: 2014
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Social Science M.A. program: 2013 CSUSB Social Science program.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award for College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: 2013 CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Outstanding Thesis Award for College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: 2013 CSUSB College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Student Research and Travel Award: 2012 CSUSB Graduate Dept.
  • Presidential Scholarship for academic achievement: 1999-2003 University of Redlands scholarship, Financial Aid Office.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of African Studies Association
  • Member of American Historical Association
  • Member of Phi Alpha Theta

Other Academic Service:

  • UCSB history department: South Asian historian hiring committee. 2017-2018
  • UCSB: Ancient Borderland RFG co-organizer: 2013-14
  • UCSB: African Studies member RFG 2013-2018
  • UCSB: The Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy member: 2013-2018
  • CSUSB History in the Making Journal Editor: 2011-2013