I am a doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University, where I completed an MA in 2015. My current research focuses on the way political legitimacy is built and public support for democratic institutions is mobilized. I look at the emergence of the South African national democracy after 1989, and touch on the ways that the self-conscious construction of historical artifacts, archives, and individuals weaves a particular national narrative, and silences other possibilities.
Recognition for my work includes the Princeton Graduate School Dean’s Completion Fellowship, Princeton University, 2018-19; Scholarly Conference Award, Program in African Studies, 2018; Princeton Graduate School Dean’s Fund for Scholarly Travel Award, 2019; Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Professional Development Grant, 2019; Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Program in African Studies, Conference and Travel Grant, 2018; Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellowship, Princeton University, 2017-18; The Richard Stillwell ’21 *24 and Agnes Newhall Stillwell Fellowship, Princeton University, 2017-18; Centre for Human Values Merit Grant, Princeton University, 2013-14; Princeton University Graduate Fellowship, 2013-18; UNESCO Chair and Institute of Comparative Human Rights Fellowship, 2011-13; Graduate Assistantship, University of Connecticut, 2011-13; Government of India Scholarship, International Council on Cultural Relations Scholarship, 2000-01; Rhodes Master’s Degree Scholarship, 1996; Full Academic Colours; Rhodes Honours Degree Scholarship, 1995; Academic Half-Colours; Joint Matriculation Board (JMB), with distinction, 1991; R.A. Moore-Dyke Senior School English Essay Competition winner, 1990 and 1991; Matric prizes for Biology and English, 1991; Academic Standards, Colours and Honours, 1990 and 1991; Bronze Shield Award in The President’s Award Scheme, 1988; Cultural Standards, 1990; Provincial representative, Eastern Cape, South African Youth Symposium, Phuteng, 1990; Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Bursary for Secondary and Undergraduate Tertiary Education, 1988-1995.
I bring creativity, enthusiasm, a nuanced understanding of issues, and attention to detail to my work. My expertise includes research, writing, editing, project management, mentorship, fostering global connections, and a great willingness to learn.