As the title of this blog suggests, I am trained to speak, write, and read isiZulu. This training has been made possible through FLAS fellowships through MSU’s African Studies Center. I also spent summer 2013 in South Africa, participating in the University of Pennsylvania’s summer isiZulu Immersion Program. Over the course of two months, I studied isiZulu daily, living with Zulu families and being exposed to the rich history and culture of the Zulu nation in KwaZulu-Natal.
I have worked as a teaching assistant for a number of courses during my graduate career. While attending George Mason, I taught in both the History department as well as the interdisciplinary Global Affairs department. After George Mason, I worked briefly as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN, where I taught survey courses in world and United States history, designing the courses from top to bottom, creating syllabi, writing lectures, and designing assignments. Since being at Michigan State, I have worked as a teaching assistant in both traditional and virtual classrooms, teaching interdisciplinary courses on Africa as well as the global history of soccer.
I first began cultivating my digital skills during my undergraduate work, participating in an oral history project on Belmont University’s campus which resulted in the production of a documentary on the history of the institution. Transitioning to George Mason University, I was able to continue developing this interest as a result of Mason’s commitment to digital humanities, as evidence by the hosting of the Center for History and New Media there. Most recently, I have been working as a Cultural Heritage Informatics fellow through MATRIX at MSU, working to build Imbiza: A Digital Repository of 2010 World Cup Stadiums and Fan Parks, a project which aims to collect primary sources on the World Cup in South Africa in hopes of fostering critical analysis as well as nostalgic reflection.