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    I teach in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), an undergraduate-only college within Michigan State University (MSU). I am also a core member of the MSU African Studies Center.

    My research primarily focuses on the history of the southern African country of Lesotho. I write about the history of development, independence, nationalism, decolonization, and the history of the border between Lesotho and South Africa. My first book, entitled Dreams for Lesotho: Independence, Foreign Assistance, and Development came out in 2018 from the University of Notre Dame Press.

    I also research and create digital projects on local history in the Lansing, MI area with my students. The links to my sites on Malcolm X in Lansing and Urban Renewal in Lansing are below.


    PhD Washington University in St. Louis (African and World History)

    BA Grinnell College (IA)


    Other Publications


    Dreams for Lesotho: Independence, Foreign Assistance, and Development University of Notre Dame Press, 2018.

    Articles (See CORE for copies of all articles):

    2018: Passports, Citizenship, Residency and Asylum: The Meanings of Decolonisation in Lesotho Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

    2017: Introduction: Localizing the History of Development in Africa International Journal of African Historical Studies 50:1 (2017): 1-9

    2017: Self-Help Development Projects and Conceptions of Independence in Lesotho, 1950s-1970s International Journal of African Historical Studies 50:1 (2017):11-33

    2015: Homemakers, Communists, and Refugees: Smuggling Anti-Apartheid Refugees in Rural Lesotho in the 1960s and 1970s Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies 13 (2015): 183-209

    2014: Development, Politics, and the Centralization of State Power in Lesotho, 1960-75 Journal of African History 55:3 (2014): 401-421


    Malcolm X in Lansing:


    Urban Renewal in Lansing:


    Public Writing (Author Pages–Political Commentary on Lesotho):


    The Mail and Guardian (South Africa):

    Daily Maverick (South Africa):

    Running Writing:

    RunnersWorld/RunningTimes (6-part series on Comrades Marathon, written in 2009 and coverage of IAAF Mountain Running Championships, 2009):

    Podium Runner:


    African Studies Association (ASA)

    Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)

    African Borderlands Research Network (ABORNE)

    Association of Concerned Scholars of Africa

    Friends of Lesotho (FOL)

    The Africa Network

    Historical Society of Greater Lansing

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