Personal Statement:

I am a third-year History Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I study 20th century U.S. foreign relations and African history. My dissertation project combines social and diplomatic approaches to history and looks at the role, impact, and awareness of the Sullivan Principles, a U.S. code of conduct for multinational corporations operating in South Africa during the apartheid era. I am specifically interested in the American automobile industry and how South African workers responded to company attempts to implement the Sullivan Principles. 

Dissertation Title:

Diplomacy at Work: The South African Worker and the Sullivan Principles on the Shop Floor

Selected Publications:

“The Sullivan Principles at Work: The Conflicted Activism of Rev. Leon Howard Sullivan,” Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Scholar Blog (August 7, 2019).

“The Turkey Agreement and the Dash to Curb the Refugee Crisis,” UNC Center for European Studies: European Horizons at Carolina (March 2016).

“A Week After the Paris Attacks: Overview and Ramifications,”  UNC Center for European Studies: European Horizons at Carolina (November 2016).

Teaching Fields:

U.S. in the World (1898-present); African History; Comparative Race and Ethnicity

Courses Taught:


171D: U.S. and the World, Yaqub (Spring 2018)

Teaching Assistant:

2C: World History Since 1700, Stephens (Fall 2018)

49B: Survey of African History, c. 1800-1945, Miescher (Winter 2019)

17C: The American People, c. 1917-present, Yaqub (Spring 2019)

17A: The American People, c. 1492-1830, Maar (Fall 2019)

49A: Survey of African History to 1800, Ware (Winter 2020)

2C: World History Since 1700, Spickard (Spring 2020)


Awards & Professional Activities:

Fulbright Fellowship (South Africa). 2021.

National Security Education Program David L. Boren Fellowship (Zulu, South Africa). 2020-2021

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Grant.

Departmental Regents Dissertation Fellowship (1 quarter)

Andrew Mellon Engaging Humanities Predoctoral Fellowship. 2020-2021.

William H. Ellison Prize. 2019.

History Associates Graduate Fellowship Award. 2019.

Emory University Rose Library African American Short Term Research Fellowship. 2019.

Research Affiliate, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Summer 2018.

Graduate Student Assistant, Center for Cold War Studies and International History. UCSB. 2017-2018.

Executive Board Member of European Horizons at Carolina. Communication Director. UNC-Chapel Hill. 2015-2016.

UNC Global Studies Planning Committee. UNC-Chapel Hill. 2015-2016.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Turkish (FLAS). UNC-Chapel Hill. Academic Year, 2015-2016.

U.S. Fulbright Student Program National Semi-Finalist. UNC-Chapel Hill. 2015-2016.

Award for “Highest Achievement in History,” NC State. Commencement May 2014.

Award for “Best Thesis by a Graduating Senior,” NC State. Commencement May 2014.