Primary Field: Modern African History
Emphasis on 19th and 20th Century East Africa, Health and Healing, Gender and Livelihood, Urban Africa, Colonial and Postcolonial Medicine and Science in Africa
Secondary Field: History of Medicine, Science, and Technology
Emphasis on Global Health History, Cancer, Medical Research, Technology Transfer
I am a historian of modern Africa specializing on issues where science, medicine, technology, and politics intersect. I work primarily in east Africa, and am writing a book on the history of a major cancer research center in Uganda currently entitled Research is Our Resource: Surviving Experiments and Politics at an African Cancer Institute. I am in the early stages of a project on material and spatial histories of medical waste, entitled Where There is No Incinerator,which examines the thin line between disposability and reuse in health work in sub-Saharan Africa. I will also be returning to Uganda to pursue Magendo Lives, a social, material, and political history of the rise of the illicit or shadow economy in the 1970s.
I currently teach African history at the University of San Francisco and am a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Science, Medicine, Technology, and Society.