I am a historian of southern Africa, focusing primarily on Lesotho and South Africa. My first book, Dreams for Lesotho: Independence, Foreign Assistance, and Development, explained how Basotho came to see the concepts of development and independence as intertwined. This helped them make development 'their own' even when it came with many strings attached, and quite often failed to achieve its stated aim of poverty reduction. I am currently working with a team at the University of the Free State to document, through oral histories, the experiences of Basotho on both sides of the Lesotho/South Africa border. I also conduct research with my American students on local histories in Lansing, Michigan, including the childhood of Malcolm X in Lansing and the history of redlining and residential segregation in the city and region.
Associate professor, Michigan State University
Research fellow, University of the Free State
Assistant professor, Michigan State University
Assistant Professor, SUNY Cortland
Washington University in St. Louis, PhD/African History