Curriculum Vitae


Belmont University, 2006, BA in History, cum laude

George Mason University, 2009, MA in Comparative World History

Michigan State University, Current PhD Candidate in African History



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.

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