I teach African and global history, and my research interests include African agriculture, environments, food, gender, peasantry, and labor movements in southern Africa since the mid-nineteenth century. I am currently writing a book, Black Englishmen, on the Magololo servants of Dr. David Livingstone.
I offer the following fields for the PhD qualifying examination. For explanations of fields, see the "Program Formulation" page in the Graduate Handbook.
I will be accepting graduate students for admission in Fall 2020.
Courses Offered (subject to change)
- HIS 110: The Making of Modern Africa (AAS 106; ANT 248)
- HIS 201: New Perspectives in Global History (AAS 202), Syllabus
- HIS 228: North Africa and the Middle East Since 1838
- HIS 310W/410: The Political Economy of Food in Africa (AAS 335)
Select Publication Covers
- "Feeding and Fleecing the Native: How the Nyasaland Transport System Distorted a New Food Market, 1890s-1920s," The Journal of Southern African Studies 32, 3 (September 2006): 505-524.
- The End of Chidyerano: A History of Food and Everyday Life in Malawi, 1860-2004(Heinemann, 2005).
- "Beyond the 'Crisis' in African Food Studies," The Journal of the Historical Society 3: 3-4(Summer/Fall, 2003): 281-301.
- Work and Control in a Peasant Economy: A History of the Lower Tchiri Valley in Malawi, 1859-1960 (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1990 [Finalist, 1990 Herskovits Award]).