I am a historian of Eastern Africa, with a particular focus on social history. My background is in history and African Studies - I did a PhD in History at Cambridge, an MSc in African Studies at Oxford, and a BA in History and African Studies at U of T. My research interests include the history of crime and punishment in colonial and post-colonial Africa; debates surrounding reparations and reconciliation in post-conflict settings; and the professional imaginaries of security professionals, including prison officers, soldiers, and police officers.
What I'm Working On:
My current book manuscript is on the social history of the Uganda Prisons Service between 1962-1979. Drawing on a wide range of archival, oral, and visual sources, it illuminates the lived experiences of prison officers, the professional culture within the Prisons Service, and how these were shaped by varying visions of post-colonial modernity. I am also undertaking a new project on the place of "Amin's soldiers" in post-1979 Uganda, exploring questions of shame, subjectivity, and public memory in the aftermath of military rule.