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. Advisor: Jay Lockenour. Dissertation Committee: Benjamin Talton, Temple University; Kathleen Biddick, Temple University; Michelle Moyd, Indiana University

Teaching in Higher Education Certification, 2013


University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA


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



Washington State University, Pullman, WA

2016-present   Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Department of History

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2012-2016       Adjunct Faculty, Department of History

University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

2016                Adjunct Faculty, Department of History



Book Manuscript

Geographies of Empire: German Colonialism, Race, and Space in East Africa, 1884-1905. In progress.

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2018    “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 (New York: Peter Lang).

“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 (Boulder: University of Colorado Press).

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

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

“Colonialism as the State of Exception: German Colonialism and Schmittian Sovereignty.” In progress.

Book Reviews

2014    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

2017    Blog series about Raphael Gross, Carl Schmitt and the Jews, George L. Mosse Program in History Blog, University of Wisconsin Madison.



2016-2017       Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association

Research Grant, Central European History Society

2015-2016       Dr. Arthur N. Cook Award, Temple University

Travel Grant, German Historical Institute

2014-2015       Senior Doctoral Fellowship, Temple University

2013-2014       Library Research Travel Grant, Columbia University

Okamoto Award, Temple University Department of History

Travel Award, Temple University College of Liberal Arts

2012-2013       Research Grant, Hertog Program in Grand Strategy

Department of History Travel Grant, Temple University

2009-2010       Sergeant Major William F. Berger Prize Endowed Fellowship for War and Society, Temple University



Conferences Organized

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

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

Panels organized

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

Papers presented

2017    “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

2016    “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

2015    “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

2014    “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

2013    “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

2012    “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


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




100/1000-level courses

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

200/2000-level courses

European History through Film, Temple University

300/3000-level courses

Intermediate Writing Seminar in European History, Temple University

Revolutionary Europe, Temple University



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

Reader, European History Advanced Placement Test, 2016



German (fluent)

French (good reading knowledge)

Spanish (can read with dictionary)

Swahili (basic)



American Historical Association

Central European History Association

German Studies Association

Tanzanian Studies Association