Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Northwestern University
Website URL
Intellectual history, East Africa, gender history, historiography, oral history
Additional Contact Information

Personal Info

About Me

I’m a historian of 19th- and 20th-century gender history. I’m interested in how societies talk about the past — and who gets to learn and transmit that knowledge. My current project looks at how state-building projects created a narrow understanding of the historical discipline in Uganda and marginalized women’s knowledge about the past. Incorporating interdisciplinary perspectives and sources including musical performances, songs, folktales, and oral history interviews, I show how Ugandan women’s historical knowledge — though excluded from dominant understandings of what “counts” as History in Uganda — played crucial social roles in helping future generations learn how to be part of their communities and survive crisis. This interest in “the history of history” also inspires my efforts in the classroom, where I focus on helping students think critically not just about what we’re learning but also about how we learn it — and with what consequences.

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Literary History, Pedagogy, Public History, Sexuality, Women