Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Ph.D. History, December 2015

Dissertation: Building the Colonial Border Imaginary: German Colonialism, Race, and Space in East Africa, 1884-1895.

Teaching in Higher Education Certification, 2013

University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

B.A. European History, with honors, June 2007


SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY

2021-present Assistant Professor of History

Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL

2018-2021 Assistant Professor of History

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

2016-2018       Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of History

2012-2016       Adjunct Faculty, Department of History

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

2016                Adjunct Faculty, Department of History




Colonial Geography: German Colonialism, Race, and Space in East Africa, 1884-1905 (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2022).

In progress      

Disclaiming Colonialism: The Politics of History in Tanzania and the Two Germanies, 1959-1989.

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters


“Infamy and Scandal: Public Trials and the Mass Media in the Belle Epoque,” in A Cultural History of Fame in the Age of Revolution, ed. Eva Giloi(London: Bloomsbury, 2023).

(De)Colonial Historical Geography and Historical GIS,” The Journal of Historical Geography 79 (January 2023): 76-86.


“Mapping Empire,” in Staging Authority: Presentation and Power in Nineteenth Century Europe. A Handbook, ed. Eva Giloi, Martin Kohlrausch, Heikki Lempa, Heidi Mehrens, and Philipp Nielsen (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022), 303-337.

Hinterland: The Political History of a Geographic Category from German Colonialism to Afro-Asian Solidarity,” Journal of Global History 17, no. 3 (November 2022): 496-514.


Manufacturing Crisis: Anti-slavery ‘Humanitarianism’ and Imperialism in East Africa, 1888-1890,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 48, no. 5 (December 2020): 805-825.

“Emin Pasha and the German Imagination of the Heart of Darkness,” in After the Imperialist Imagination: 25 Years of Research on Global Germany and Its Legacies, eds. Sara Pugach, David Pizzo, and Adam Blackler(Oxford: Peter Lang, 2020), 73-87.


“Re-Inventing the Heart of Darkness for the 21st Century: African Studies and the War on Terror since 9/11,” in 9/11 and the Academy: Responses in the Liberal Arts and the 21st-Century World, ed. Mark Finney and Matt Shannon (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), 213-242.


Men of Science and of Action: The Celebrity of Explorers and German National Identity, 1870-1895Central European History 50, no. 3 (September 2017): 305-327.


“Changes in German Travel Writing about East Africa, 1884-1891,” Colloquia Germanica 46, no. 2 (2016): 266-283.

Book Reviews


Review of Colonialism in Global Perspective, by Kris Manjapra. American Historical Review.

Review of An Imperial Homeland: Forging German Identity in Southwest Africa, by Adam Blackler. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies


Introduction to H-German roundtable on Germany: A Nation in Its Time Before, During, and After Nationalism, 1500-2000, by Helmut Walser Smith (co-authored with Jasper Heinzen).


Review of Violence as Usual: Policing and the Colonial State in German Southwest Africa, by Marie Muschalek. George L. Mosse Program in History Blog, University of Wisconsin Madison.


Review of Slavery and Emancipation in Islamic East Africa: From Honor to Respectability, by Elisabeth McMahon. Stichproben – Wiener Zeitschrift für kritische Afrikastudien 27 (2014): 113-116.

Public Writing


Blog series about Raphael Gross, Carl Schmitt and the Jews, George L. Mosse Program in History Blog, University of Wisconsin Madison.



Course Enhancement Grant, African Studies Center, Boston University

Faculty Development Grant, SUNY Oneonta

UUP Individual Development Award, SUNY Oneonta


UUP Individual Development Award, SUNY Oneonta

Research, Creative Activities, and Scholarship Grant, SUNY Oneonta

Faculty Development Grant, SUNY Oneonta


International Fellowship, State Museums of Berlin (postponed until Summer 2022)

Research, Creative Activities, and Scholarship Grant, Jacksonville University


Summer of Scholarship Grant, Jacksonville University


Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association

Research Grant, Central European History Society              


Dr. Arthur N. Cook Award, Temple University

Travel Grant, German Historical Institute


Senior Doctoral Fellowship, Temple University


Library Research Travel Grant, Columbia University

Okamoto Award, Temple University Department of History

Travel Award, Temple University College of Liberal Arts


Research Grant, Hertog Program in Grand Strategy

Department of History Travel Grant, Temple University


Sergeant Major William F. Berger Prize Endowed Fellowship for War and Society, Temple University



German Imperial Projects, University of Wisconsin-Madison and College of Charleston Zoom event, February 6, 2023


“Creating the Indian Ocean World: Historical Space and Narratives of the Swahili Coast in the 1880s,” University of North Florida, November 15, 2018


Conferences Organized


The Scholar as Activist, the Activist as Scholar, Center for the Humanities at Temple, March 24, 2015


James A. Barnes Club Graduate Student Conference, Temple University, March 16-17, 2012

Panels organized


German Africas: Postcolonial Strategies across Three Regimes, German Studies Association Conference, Portland, OR, October 3-6, 2019


“Diplomacy and Imperialism in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany,” American Historical Association Conference, Denver, CO, January 5-8, 2017

Papers presented


“New Books in Black German Studies” roundtable discussion, German Studies Association Conference, Montreal, QC, October 5-8, 2023 (abstract accepted)


“Emily Ruete and International Audiences for Women’s History in Tanzania,” African Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 17-19, 2022


“Overcoming the Challenges of Transnational Scholarship” roundtable discussion, German Studies Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, September 30-October 3, 2021

“Representing Colonial History across the Cold War Divide,” Southeast German Studies Workshop, Zoom, March 18-19, 2021

“Mapping Mobilities in Precolonial and Colonial Africa,” Southeastern Regional Seminar in African Studies Conference, Zoom, March 12-13, 2021


“Battling for the Historical Memory of German Colonialism: The West German Microfilming of the Tanzanian National Archives,” German Studies Association Conference, Portland, OR, October 3-6, 2019

“Trans-Imperial Anti-Slavery and Anti-Islam in the 1880s,” Empire and Globalisation(s). Circulations, Exchanges and Trans-Imperial Cooperation in Africa, 19th-20th Centuries Conference, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, May 9-10, 2019

“Borders and Regional Identities in Precolonial Tanganyika,” Florida Conference of Historians, Sarasota, FL, February 19-20, 2019


“Racial Thinking and German Colonial Forestry,” German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 27-30, 2018


“Friedrich Ratzel and Human Geography in German East Africa,” German Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 5-8, 2017

“Appropriating the Hinterland: The Indian Ocean World and German Colonial Geographies,” Spatialisation under the Global Condition Conference, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany, September 29-October 2, 2017

“Protestant Culture versus African Superstition: Racial Thinking in Anglo-German Relations during the Maji Maji War, 1905-1907,” American Historical Association Conference, Denver, CO, January 5-8, 2017


“Mapping Imperial Geographies in East Africa: Digital Mapping in African History,” Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge: New Approaches, Opportunities and Epistemological Implications of Mapping History Digitally, German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, October 21, 2016

“Swahili Geographies and the Invention of Hinterland,” Greater New York African History Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, April 8, 2016

“The Charismatic Explorer and German (Pre-)Colonialism, 1870-1895,” Philadelphia Area Modern Germany Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, March 26, 2016


“Drawing and Redrawing Internal Legal Borders in German East Africa, 1885-1895,” African Studies Association Conference, San Diego, CA, November 19-22, 2015

“ASMEA and Changes in African Studies since September 11th, 2001,” 9/11 and the Academy Conference, Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA, November 6-7, 2015

“Hinterland”: A German Word Becomes International in East Africa,” German Studies Association Conference, Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2015


“Reconstructing the Swahili Coast in the Wake of the Bushiri War,” African Studies Association Conference, Indianapolis, November 20-23, 2014

“Changes in Form and Content of Reports of German Travel to East Africa, 1884–1895,” German Studies Association Conference, Kansas City, MO, September 18-21, 2014

“Debating the Future of German Empire: The Bushiri War and Emin Pasha Expeditions, 1888-1890,” German Historical Institute Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar in German History, Washington, DC, May 7-10, 2014. Attendance sponsored by the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC

“Performing the Conquest of Africa: Theatricality in the German Emin Pasha and Bushiri War Expeditions, 1889-1891,” Stage and Performance – Theatricality in International History since 1500 conference, Berlin, Germany, April 28-30, 2014. Attendance sponsored by the German Research Council


“Intensive or Extensive Colonization: The Debate Over French and British Models of Rule in German East Africa, 1890-1894,” African Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 21-24, 2013

“Expeditionary Colonialisms in East Africa: The Hermann Wissmann and Emin Pasha Expeditions of 1889,” German Studies Association Conference, Denver, CO, October 3-6, 2013

“Writing the Divide between East and Central Africa: German Accounts of the Bushiri Rebellion and the Emin Pascha Expedition of 1888-1890,” Bridging Histories of East and Central Africa Conference, Bayreuth, Germany, June 7-8, 2013. Attendance sponsored by Institute of African Studies, University of Bayreuth and Centre for Area Studies, University of Leipzig


“Making East Africa African: The German Colonial Geography of the Swahili Coast,” African Studies Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 29-December 1, 2012

“Race and Slavery” Roundtable, African Scholar for a Day featuring Jonathon Glassman, Philadelphia, PA, November 28, 2012

“Muslim and Traditional Space in German East Africa,” German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee, WI, October 4-7, 2012

Seminar participant


LGBTQ+ Histories of the Holocaust, Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, January 4-8, 2021


2023 German Studies Association Conference, Montreal, QC

2019                Florida Conference of Historians, Sarasota, FL

2011-2015      James A. Barnes Club Graduate History Conference, Temple University



“Race and Geography in Colonial Africa,” Alden Scholar Series Speaker, SUNY Oneonta, February 21, 2023


“The Politics of History in Tanzania and the Two Germanies, 1959-1989,” Life of the Mind, SUNY Oneonta, November 16, 2022

Faculty Community at SUNY Oneonta: Lessons from the First Cohort Hire roundtable discussion, Fall Teaching Institute, SUNY Oneonta, October 21, 2022

“Elizabeth II’s Legacies on the African Continent,” Reflections on the Death and Legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, SUNY Oneonta, September 27, 2022

We Walk to Remember speaker, SUNY Oneonta Chabad, April 27, 2022


Your Voice Matters roundtable discussion of race, gender, and privilege on campus, Jacksonville University, October 21, 2020


100/1000-level courses

Introduction to African History, SUNY Oneonta

Europe since 1500, SUNY Oneonta

Modern World History, Jacksonville University

Freshman Seminar: The Past of the Present, Jacksonville University

Roots of Contemporary Issues, Washington State University

Hitler and Nazi Germany, University of the Sciences

History of Nazi Germany, Temple University

Modern Europe, Temple University

Gender and World Societies, Temple University

Turning Points in Human History: Modern World, Temple University

Upper-division courses

Genocide in the Twentieth Century, SUNY Oneonta

World War I, SUNY Oneonta

The Global Cold War, SUNY Oneonta

Europe from Napoleon to WWI, SUNY Oneonta

Nation and Race, SUNY Oneonta

History of the Holocaust, SUNY Oneonta

European History through Film, Temple University

Berlin: Capital of the Twentieth Century, SUNY Oneonta

Ecology and Empire in the Modern World, SUNY Oneonta

Twentieth-Century Europe, Jacksonville University

Africa, Jacksonville University

Intermediate Writing Seminar in European History, Temple University

Revolutionary Europe, Temple University

400/4000-level courses

The Technique of History (methods seminar), Jacksonville University


Review Editor, H-German, 2020-2023

Board member at-large, Tanzanian Studies Association, 2018-2023

Judge,  New York State History Day, 2022-2023

Manuscript reviewer, Oxford University Press, 2023

Reader, European History Advanced Placement Test, 2016


Faculty Advisor, SOAR: History undergraduate peer-reviewed history journal, 2023-present

Department Representative, Oneonta United University Professions, 2022-present

University Academic Assessment Committee, SUNY Oneonta, 2022-2025

President’s Council on Diversity, Advocacy and Support Subcommittee, SUNY Oneonta, 2021-2022

Maynard Redfield History Essay Competition committee, SUNY Oneonta, 2021-2022

Secretary/Treasurer, Jacksonville University AAUP, 2021

University Standards Committee, Jacksonville University, 2019-2021

Award committee for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Professional Activities, 2020-2021

University Diversity Committee, Subcommittee on structural racism, Jacksonville University, 2020-2021

University Experiential Learning Committee, Jacksonville University, 2019-2020

Award committee for Faculty Excellence in Teaching, Jacksonville University, 2018-2019

Temple University Graduate Student Association, Co-President 2012-2013, Business Manager 2011, Treasurer 2010-2011

James A. Barnes Club, Temple University Department of History Graduate Student Organization, Treasurer 2009-2010


Faculty Discussion Leader, Great Decisions discussions program, Mandarin High School, Jacksonville, FL, 2020-2021

Discussion Facilitator, Cultural Diversity in America: Separating Fact from Fiction, Zoom event, 904ward and Duval County Public Schools, 2020-2021

Discussion Facilitator, Great Decisions discussion program, Duval County Libraries, February 20, 2020