Personal Statement:

Current research focuses on the Hegemony of Apartheid and the Racialization of Space. Prior research includes the History of the amaZulu, ‘Native’ Administration of South Africa, and African Nationalism.

Publications

Books / Articles

“Bantu Authorities in Mthunzini District, KwaZulu: Removals Ngesikhathi Sobandlululo [during apartheid], 1952-1976” Journal of Southern African Studies [in press].

“Bantu Authorities in Mthunzini District, KwaZulu: Forces for Apartheid Removals” University of Cape Town, Historical Studies Seminar, Cape Town, South Africa 19 May 2014

“Colonial Archives: Pools of Usable Pasts for Emerging States” African Studies Association 58th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

“Locating Agency in Archives, Cultural Property, and Digital Flows: Resistance as a Usable Past in the Creation of Statehood”  Panel Chair: African Studies Association 58th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

“The Effect of Bantu Authorities on amaZulu in Mthunzini District: Separate Development in KwaZulu, 1950-1980.”  African Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, November 2013

“The Effect of Apartheid’s ‘Tribal’ Authorities on Chieftaincy and the Zulu People: Separate Development in Mthunzini District 1950-1970″ African Studies and History Seminar series, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard Campus – Durban, South Africa, March 2013.

“Holy Hustlers or Just Plain Hustlers?” African Studies Review 55, no. 2 (2012) Review of Richard Werbner film Holy Hustlers

“Rural Responses to Chieftaincy in the uThungulu District of Zululand: How amaZulu Perceived amaKhosi under Apartheid” University of Zululand Conference in Empangeni, South Africa 2012.

“Reading Geographical Names as Text in the ‘Living Archive’ of Majority Rule South Africa.” African Studies Association, Washington DC 2011.

“Commodification of Traumatic Stories: Memory, Performance and the TRC on South Africa’s Post-Independence Stage.”  Contemporary Issues in African Studies…A Reader Ernest E. Uwazie and Chaunce Ridley, eds. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2011.

“Reading Geographical Names as Text: Refiguring the “Living” Archive of Post-Apartheid South Africa” University of Alabama 3rd Annual Conference on Power and Struggle March 2011.

Awards

  • University of California Humanities Research Institute, Social Heterogeneity Exploratory Workshop: Civil War Grant, 2017
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Research Grant, 2017
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: History Department Fellowship 2015
  • University of California, Santa Barbara: Graduate Division Fellowship 2014
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship [national] 2013-2014
  • David L. Boren Fellowship [national] 2012 – 2013
  • African Languages Initiative Summer Domestic Program – University of Florida [national] 2012 (declined)
  • Fulbright-Hays Zulu GPA scholar [national] 2011
  • UCSB History Associates Award 2011 & 2012
  • Darcy Ruth Ritzau Graduate Student Award 2010
  • Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission New Project Award  [Mandela] 2007

Professional Activities

  • University of Cape Town-Historical Studies Seminar Presenter
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal History Workshop Presenter
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal Memory Conference Presenter
  • African Studies Association Conference (3) Presenter and 2015 Panel Chair
  • University of Zululand Interdisciplinary Conference Presenter
  • CSUS Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference Presenter

Teaching Fields:

African History; World History; U. S. History; Oral History; Film Theory / Production; Public History

Lecturer – University of California, Davis, Department of History

HIS 115A (History of West Africa) Fall 2017

Lecturer – UCSB; CSUS

HIST 2C World History – Mini-Lecture: Third World
HIST 49A Survey of African History – Lecture: The Mfecane
HIST 102C History of Southern Africa – Lecture: Apartheid
COMS 123 Writing for Public Information California State University, Sacramento (CSUS)
COMS 142A Film as Communication (U.S./ Europe) CSUS
COMS 142B Film as Communication (Third World) CSUS
ART 191 Film as an Art Form CSUS
COMS Television Production CSUS
COMS Film Production CSUS

Teaching Assistant – UCSB

HIST 2 World History
HIST 4 Western Civilization
HIST 49 Survey of African History

Reader – UCSB

HIST 166B United States in the Twentieth Century (1932-54)
HIST 166A United States in the Twentieth Century (1900-29)

Dissertation Title:

The Rural Dilemma: Bantu Authorities in Mthunzini District, KwaZulu 1952-1992

Faculty Advisor(s):

Stephan Miescher