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 minors in African Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies. My research crosscuts critical carceral studies, gender and sexuality, law and society, and feminist and postcolonial theory.
My dissertation reframes contemporary policing as a colonial legacy. A recent wave of crackdowns on civil society and marginalized groups has puzzled scholars in many places around the world, although the role of the police is often overlooked or under historicized. I examine the colonial roots and postcolonial persistence of policing using the case of Tanzania to theorize the relationship between the police, state, and identity. The police not only sought to establish a hierarchical order to maintain state control and extraction, but the police created the state itself. Without understanding the police as a colonial legacy, we remain ill-informed about the purpose and growth of policing over time. I extend this critique through research agendas on Global Policing and Abolition, African Gender and Sexuality Politics, and Feminist and Postcolonial Methodologies.
I am grateful for the generous support of the African Studies Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 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.
Research: Critical carceral studies, gender and sexuality studies, law and society, and feminist and postcolonial theory