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


Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL

2018-present   Assistant Professor of History

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

2016-2018       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

  • Under contract            Colonial Geography: German Colonialism, Race, and Space in East Africa, 1884-1907. Under contract with University of Toronto Press

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Under review “Hinterland: The Political History of a Geographic Category from German Colonialism to Afro-Asian Solidarity”
  • 2021    “Mapping Empire,” in Staging Authority, ed. Eva Giloi, Martin Kohlrausch, Heikki Lempa, Heidi Mehrens, and Philipp Nielsen (Berlin: De Gruyter).
  • 2020    “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.
  • 2019    “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.
  • 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): 305-327.
  • 2016    “Changes in German Travel Writing about East Africa, 1884-1891,” Colloquia Germanica 46, no. 2 (2016): 266-283.

Book Reviews

  • 2020    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.
  • 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


  • 2019-2020       International Fellowship, State Museums of Berlin
  • Research, Creative Activities, and Scholarship Grant, Jacksonville University
  • 2018-2019       Summer of Scholarship Grant, Jacksonville University
  • 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


  • 2018    “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

  • 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

  • 2019    German Africas: Postcolonial Strategies across Three Regimes, German Studies Association Conference, Portland, OR, October 3-6, 2019
  • 2017    “Diplomacy and Imperialism in Wilhelmine and Weimar Germany,” American Historical Association Conference, Denver, CO, January 5-8, 2017

Papers presented

  • 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
  • 2020    “Overcoming the Challenges of Transnational Scholarship” roundtable discussion, German Studies Association Conference, Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2020 [postponed due to Covid-19]
  • 2019    “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
  • 2018    “Racial Thinking and German Colonial Forestry,” German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, September 27-30, 2018
  • 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

Seminar participant

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


  • 2019                Florida Conference of Historians, Sarasota, FL
  • 2011-2015       James A. Barnes Club Graduate History Conference, Temple University


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


100/1000-level courses

  • 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

200/2000-level courses

  • European History through Film, Temple University

300/3000-level courses

  • Genocide in the Twentieth Century, Jacksonville University
  • Berlin: Capital of the Twentieth Century, Jacksonville University
  • 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

Other courses

  • The History of Spatial Practice, Modern German History, European Intellectual History, History of the Indian Ocean World


  • Review Editor, H-German, 2020-2022
  • Board member at-large, Tanzanian Studies Association, 2018-2020
  • Reader, European History Advanced Placement Test, 2016


  • 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


  • German (fluent)
  • French (good reading knowledge)
  • Spanish (can read with dictionary)
  • Swahili (basic)


  • Central European History Association
  • German Studies Association
  • Tanzanian Studies Association