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 global critical police and carceral studies, gender and sexuality, law and society, and decolonial and feminist theory.
My dissertation exhumes the relationship between state, police, and identity in the context of colonization and decolonization. Colonial institutions, ideas, and practices of law and order imposed during European colonization were central to creating extractive capitalist states but also to challenging them. From examining the politics of policing in former Tanganyika and present-day Tanzania, I find that the colonial police created the modern capitalist state and extended colonial technologies, ideas, and practices into the afterlife of empire. This calls us to rethink systems of racialized, sexualized, gendered, and classed state control—which the police continually bring into being—as colonial legacies. I extend my critique of colonial legacies through research agendas on Global Policing and Abolition, African Gender and Sexuality Politics, and Feminist and Decolonial Methodologies.
My work is indebted to the 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.