I grew up in Edinburgh before heading south for an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Cambridge. I returned to Cambridge in 2003 for an MPhil and then a PhD in History. In October 2008 I was appointed to the post of Lecturer in History and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, a post I held from 2008 until December 2014. During my time in Cambridge I was also actively involved in the Centre of African Studies, as Newton Trust Lecturer in African History from 2010 and as Course Director of the MPhil in African Studies from August 2014 to December 2014.
I joined the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh in January 2015.
I have supervised a range of PhD topics in the field of African history, including ‘Nationalism, Authority and Political Identity in the Secession of Katanga, 1908-1963’ (Catherine Porter); Church and State in Post-Colonial Uganda, 1962-1981’ (Eva Namusoke) and ‘Chiefship, power and state in the Bakgatla community in Botswana, 1870-2014’ (Louisa Cantwell). I am currently supervising Henry Mitchell: http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/people/phd_students/henry_mitchell
I welcome proposals for research projects in the field of African political, intellectual and cultural history.
View of Lake Victoria, Tanzania