I originally grew up outside of Albany NY. After completing a B.A. in history from SUNY Cortland, I went on to earn a Ph.D. in African history from Indiana University. My teaching and research interests are broadly defined in both African history and the experience of people of African descent around the world. At SLU I teach survey courses in African history and African studies, upper division classes on constructions of identity and conflict, and seminars on colonial and urban history.
As a specialist in East Africa, I have recently published a co-edited a special issue of The International Journal of African Historical Studies 45, 1 (2012) titled “Towards a History of Violence in Colonial Kenya.” I have also published articles in African Affairs, Africa Today and History in Africa on topics related to ethnicity in colonial and postcolonial Kenya. I am currently working on a book manuscript which examines the ways Africans have historically constructed their ethnic identities in Kenya, as well as a new project which explores the social history of indigenous sporting traditions in East Africa.
When not in the classroom or doing research I enjoy working with students on a variety of projects. Outside of the history department I am the coordinator of the African Studies program and I am an active supporter of study abroad on campus. As an alumnus of SLU’s Kenya Semester Program and the current on-campus coordinator I am always thrilled to talk with students about study abroad in East Africa (so please don’t hesitate to contact me). My wife Jolene and I also love the outdoors, and been known to cook Kenyan food for students on select occasions. After many years of competing I have also been involved as a volunteer wrestling coach for a number of high-school, college and community programs.
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Intro to African Studies
- Conflict in Africa
- Contemporary Africa
- Representations of Africa: Myth and Reality
- African Life After Work: Sport, Leisure and Society
- Kenya, East African history, Ethnicity, Sport and Gender.