Currently a Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), I specialize in modern African and global history.
My dissertation examines the transnational history of postcolonial education in West Africa, focusing on regional rivals Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. I argue that schooling, in terms of materials resources and discursive investment, was postcolonial Africa’s most important development project. My work integrates documentary sources available in the U.S., Europe and West Africa with oral history research conducted in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, France and North America.
To date, my research has resulted in three publications:
- “The Hidden History of the West African Wager: Or, How Comparison with Ghana Made Côte d’Ivoire.” History in Africa 45 (2018): 29–57.
- “‘Between Education and Catastrophe’: Côte d’Ivoire’s Programme d’Education Télévisuelle (1968–1983).” The Journal of African History (in press).
- “The Ivorian Origins of Ghana Studies.” Ghana Studies (in press).
I invite you to visit my website for further information about upcoming presentations, current research, my most up-to-date CV and ongoing projects.