Main Focus

  • Eastern and central African history
  • Swahili Studies
  • Women's history and gender
  • History from below 
  • History of emotions
  • Love and intimacy
  • Colonialism and racism


Curriculum Vitae

  • Research Associate in cultural history, University of Oxford, ERC project 'Comparing the Copperbelt', 2016-2017
  • PhD in History, European University Institute, 2017; "Finding the right words: Languages of litigation in Shambaa native courts in Tanganyika, c.1925-1960"
  • Magistra Artium in African Studies and History, Humboldt University, Berlin & Free University, Berlin (2011)
  • Studies in African History at Humboldt University in Berlin, the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison


Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland (VAD)

African Studies Association (ASA)

Selected Publications

  • "Let's hope there are some good girls": Sugar relationships and feminine respectability in post-independence Zambia. L'Homme: Europäische Zeitschrift für Feministische Geschichtswissenschaft, 32(2), 21-40 (October 2021).
  • “Reimagining the Copperbelt as a Religious Space.” Across the Copperbelt: Urban & Social Change in Central Africa’s Borderland Communities, edited by Miles Larmer et al., Boydell & Brewer, 2021, pp. 347–72,
  • "Fear and mockery: the story of Osale and Paulo in Tanganyika." Journal of Eastern African Studies, (October 2020).
  • "Only a misunderstanding? Non-conformist rumours and petitions in late-colonial Tanzania." Journal of Modern European History, (March 2020).

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