Assistant Professor of African History
T 2:00-4:00p.m., R 9:00-11:00a.m.
African women's history, gender, nationalism, separatist movements
PhD, Purdue University
My current manuscript traces the origin of Cameroonian women's roles in the effort to maintain Anglophone [English-speaking] separatism, political identity, and cultural values in a Francophone-dominated federal republic (1961-1972). This role did not take the form of openly criticizing the government in Francophone [French-speaking] Cameroon as annexationist and hegemonic; women left this to the men who openly demanded secession. Rather, in this period, women journalists, the wives of state officials, the few female politicians, and other educated urban elite women carved new spaces of socio-political power by using a variety of mass media outlets to monitor women’s behaviors and thus subtly stressed Anglophone Cameroonian separatism and nationalism. Through this regulation, particularly of other urban elite women, they staked a claim for women's behaviors within domestic, community, and national spaces as the lynchpin to preserving respectability, gender norms, and socio-political identity in English-speaking urban towns in early postcolonial Cameroon.
Selected Fellowships and Honors
- Summer Faculty Institute Fellow, Baylor University, 2016
- Summer Sabbaticals, Baylor University, 2014 and 2015
- Arts & Humanities Faculty Research Grant, Baylor University, 2014
- Institute for Oral History Faculty Fellowship, Baylor University, 2014
- Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association, 2013
- Visiting scholar, Program of African Studies, Northwestern University, 2012-2013
- Visiting researcher, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Grant-in-Aid, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
- Committee for Education of Teaching Assistants Teaching Award, Purdue University, 2012
- Purdue Research Foundation Research Grant, Purdue University, 2011-2012
- Fulbright Institute of International Education (IIE) Fellow, 2011-2012 (finalist)
- Women’s Studies Graduate Fellowship, Purdue University, 2010-2011
- Purdue University Doctoral Fellowship, Purdue University, 2008-2012
"Big Buttocks and Sultry Behavior: Perceptions of Post-Colonial African Women in British Women’s Travel Narratives." In Women, Gender, and Sexualities in Africa
, edited by Toyin Falola and Nana Akua Amponsah. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2013, 53-68.
Book Review: When Sex Threatened the State: Illicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria
, 1900-1958, by Saheed Aderinto. Journal of West African History
Book Review: "Girl Cases": Marriage and Colonialism in Gusiiland
, Kenya, 1890-1970, by Brett L. Shadle. African Studies Quarterly
12, issue 3 (Summer 2011): 142-144.
"'Gossiping has wrecked a lot of Homes': Gender and Nationalism in the Federated State of West Cameroon, 1961-1972". Under review.
"'Housewives at Husbands' Throats': Recalcitrant Wives, Education and Honor in a Central African Nation." Under review.
"'My Mother in Law is Lady Macbeth: Changing Family Relationships in Modern Cameroon, 1960s." In progress.
"The Catholic Women's Association, Political Authority and Transnational Black Feminism in 1960s Cameroon." In progress.
Courses Taught at Baylor
- HIS 1307 World History since 1500
- HIS 3318 Modern African History
- HIS 3319 Women and Gender in Modern Africa
- HIS 4340 Sports, Leisure, and Nationalism in African History