Associate Professor, Department of History
Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.
Office: 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 9162
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 1282
1990 – A.B., Social Studies, Harvard College
1995 – M.A., History, Yale University
2002 – Ph.D., History, Yale University
Fields of interest
- African history
- Colonial history
- African diaspora history
- Indian Ocean
- Historical methodology
Labor, law, and the state in colonial Africa; African diasporas in socialist and post-socialist Europe; urban planning and social surveillance in colonial and contemporary southern Africa.
In 2011-12: Research Fellow, Internationales Geisteswissenschaftliches Kolleg, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Project title: “Tracing African History in the Shadow of the Berlin Wall: Mozambicans in East Germany, c. 1963-2000.”
“‘Fallacious Mirrors’: Colonial Anxiety and Images of African Labor in Mozambique, ca. 1929,” History in Africa 24 (1997).
“Resistance and the Social History of Africa,” Journal of Social History 37, 1 (2003).
“‘Friendship of Peoples’ After the Fall: Violence and Pan-African Community in Post-Soviet Moscow,” with Jessica Allina-Pisano, in Africa in Russia, Russia in Africa: 300 Years of Encounters, Maxim Matusevich, ed. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2006.
“The Zimba, the Portuguese, and Other Cannibals in Late Sixteenth-century Southeast Africa,” Journal of Southern African Studies 37, 2 (2011).
Slavery By Any Other Name: African Life under Company Rule in Colonial Mozambique. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012.