Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften



May 2018
Princeton University, PhD in History
Dissertation: “An Uncommon Standard: A Social and Intellectual History of Swahili, 1864-1925”

September 2013
Princeton University, MA in History
Fields: Pre-Colonial Africa; Modern Africa; Islam and the Indian Ocean

May 2008
Yale University, BA in History


Academic career

Fall 2018 – Present
Mississippi State University, Assistant Professor

Princeton University, Pre-doctoral Lecturer, Writing Program


Honors and awards

January 2020-June 2022
Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers,
Berlin, Germany

Strategic Research Initiative Seed Funding,
Mississippi State University College of Arts & Sciences

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant for Research in European, African, or Asian History,
American Historical Association      

Graduate Teaching Award, Princeton University

Quin Morton Teaching Fellowship, Princeton Writing Program

Graduate Fellow, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Dissertation writing grant

Graduate Research Fellow, Princeton Center for the Study of Religion
Dissertation writing grant

May 2012
Research Grant
Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies


Archival research

June 2012 and September 2013-February 2014
Zanzibar National Archives

May-June 2019
Tanzania National Archives

June-July 2019
British National Archives

June-July 2019
SOAS Special Collections

July 2012; February-July 2014; July 2019
Bodleian Libraries, Commonwealth and African Collections
University of Oxford,


Courses taught

Modern Africa (undergraduate survey)
African Civilizations (undergraduate survey)
Imperialism and Colonialism in Africa (graduate seminar)
Africa in the History of Science (graduate seminar)
Imperialism, Independence, and Post-Colonial Nation Building (graduate seminar)
Histories of Time (graduate seminar)
Comparative Slavery (graduate seminar)
Justice After Empire (freshman seminar)