Department of Political Science
University of Wisconsin, Madison
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science and a Law and Society Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. I have a Minor in African Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies. I specialize in comparative politics and political theory, and my substantive expertise crosscuts African politics, law and society, gender and sexuality, coloniality, and critical theory. My research exhumes the relationship between empire, policing, and identity with the aim of advancing methods for the continued work of decolonization. My dissertation intervenes in global studies of state violence by tracing how the colonial police was developed and contested during colonization in former Tanganyika and after the fall of the British Empire. My research calls us to rethink systems of racialized, sexualized, gendered, and classed state control—which the police continually bring into being—as colonial legacies. I uncover these institutional lineages through my research agendas on Global Policing and Abolition, African Gender and Sexuality Politics, and Feminist and Decolonial Methodologies.
My work has been generously supported by the African Studies Program, the Center for Research on Gender and Women, the Elections Research Center, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, the Law and Society Fellows Program, and the Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. I previously worked for Teaching, Research, & International Policy and AidData at the College of William & Mary’s Global Research Institute. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a Five College Certificate of African Studies from Smith College.