Personal Statement:

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I study 20th century U.S. foreign relations and African history. My dissertation combines social and diplomatic approaches to history and looks at the impact and awareness of the Sullivan Principles, a U.S. code of conduct for multinational corporations operating in South Africa during the apartheid era. My dissertation, tentatively titled “Diplomacy at Work: The South African Worker and the Sullivan Principles on the Shop Floor,” draws on archival sources and oral histories from the United States and South Africa.

My work is generously supported by the U.S. Fulbright Program (IIE), National Security Education Program, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Emory University Stuart A. Rose Library, UCSB Center for Cold War Studies and International History, and the UCSB History Associates. 

I am committed to undergraduate mentorship and innovative, interdisciplinary pedagogy. During the 2020-2021 academic year, I worked as a fellow and mentor for the Andrew Mellon Engaging Humanities initiative, a multidisciplinary group of scholars committed to increasing humanities enrollment on campus through innovative teaching practices and connecting the classroom to broader workplace objectives. 

I hold a master’s degree in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where I wrote my thesis on economic sanctions as a tool to promote regime change, with a specific focus on the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. While at UNC, I received funding for language training from the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) program. I received my BA in History from North Carolina State University in 2014.

Throughout 2021, be a Visiting Scholar at Rhodes University and the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) in Makhanda (Grahamstown), South Africa and the History Department at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Dissertation Title:

Diplomacy at Work: The South African Worker and the Sullivan Principles on the Shop Floor

Selected Publications:

“Corporates and investors need to engage with the US to halt its slide into autocratization,” (co-authored with Raj Thamotheram) Responsible Investor (October 2020).

“The Sullivan Principles at Work: The Conflicted Activism of Rev. Leon Howard Sullivan,” Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Scholar Blog (August 7, 2019).

“The Turkey Agreement and the Dash to Curb the Refugee Crisis,” UNC Center for European Studies: European Horizons at Carolina (March 2016).

“A Week After the Paris Attacks: Overview and Ramifications,”  UNC Center for European Studies: European Horizons at Carolina (November 2016).

Teaching Fields:

U.S. in the World (1898-present); African History; Comparative Race and Ethnicity

Courses Taught:


171D: U.S. and the World, Yaqub (Spring 2018)

Teaching Assistant:

2C: World History Since 1700, Stephens (Fall 2018)

49B: Survey of African History, c. 1800-1945, Miescher (Winter 2019)

17C: The American People, c. 1917-present, Yaqub (Spring 2019)

17A: The American People, c. 1492-1830, Maar (Fall 2019)

49A: Survey of African History to 1800, Ware (Winter 2020)

2C: World History Since 1700, Spickard (Spring 2020)


Awards & Professional Activities:

Fulbright Fellowship (South Africa). 2021.

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowship (Zulu, South Africa). 2020-2021

SHAFR Code of Conduct Task Force (2020-2023)

SHAFR Graduate Student Committee (2020-2023)

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Grant.

Departmental Regents Dissertation Fellowship (1 quarter)

Andrew Mellon Engaging Humanities Predoctoral Fellowship. 2020-2021.

William H. Ellison Prize. 2019.

History Associates Graduate Fellowship Award. 2019.

Emory University Rose Library African American Short Term Research Fellowship. 2019.

Research Affiliate, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Summer 2018.

Graduate Student Assistant, Center for Cold War Studies and International History. UCSB. 2017-2018.

Executive Board Member of European Horizons at Carolina. Communication Director. UNC-Chapel Hill. 2015-2016.

UNC Global Studies Planning Committee. UNC-Chapel Hill. 2015-2016.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Turkish (FLAS). UNC-Chapel Hill. Academic Year, 2015-2016.

U.S. Fulbright Student Program National Semi-Finalist. UNC-Chapel Hill. 2015-2016.

Award for “Highest Achievement in History,” NC State. Commencement May 2014.

Award for “Best Thesis by a Graduating Senior,” NC State. Commencement May 2014.