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Johns Hopkins University
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South Africa, gender, sexuality, law, citizenship, colonialism, empire, rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, custom, customary law, crime, punishment, traditional authority
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About Me

I research the history of law, gender, and sexuality in South Africa, with comparative interests in these fields across the African continent and in the African diaspora.  I’m particularly interested in the ways that major political debates over race and citizenship shaped the everyday and intimate lives of black South Africans.  My first book, Colonizing Consent: Rape and Governance in South Africa’s Eastern Cape (Cambridge, 2018) is a history of rape in colonial South Africa.  My current research examines African critiques of customary law in South Africa between 1883 and 1927.  I’m also the co-editor, with Emily Burrill and Richard Roberts, of Domestic Violence and the Law in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa (Ohio, 2010).

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Law, Sexuality, Sexual Violence