Southern Africa; Science, Technology and Medicine; Indigenous Knowledges; Public History; Food and Agriculture; and Globalization.
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2001. Post-Baccalaureate in African Studies, University of Cape Town. BA Sociology/Anthropology, Lawrence University.
I am currently working on a book-length project, tentatively titled: Toils and Tensions of Empire. It examines how biomedicine and doctors both empowered and disrupted the system of South African indenture. I am particularly interested in determining the conditions, such as the rise of a Public Health administration, that emboldened whistle-blowers who nudged reform in a system overwhelmingly stacked in the favor of the rich and powerful.