Authorized to supervise theses. and Associate Professor, Department of History

2004 ― PhD History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2000 ― MA History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1997 ― BA History, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

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Ongoing research

SSHRC 2011-2014

African United Nations Trusteeships, Decolonization, and Early Human Rights NGOs, 1948-1973

Selected publications


Nation of Outlaws, State of Violence. Nationalism, Grassfields Tradition and State Building in Cameroon. Ohio University Press, 2013

Petitioning for Our Rights, Fighting for Our Nation: The History of the Democratic Union of Cameroonian Women,  1949-1960.  Langaa Research & Publishing, 2013. 


"Cause lawyering et anticolonialisme: activisme politique et Etat de droit dans l'Afrique française, 1946-1960," Politique africaine, no. 138 (2015/2): 25-28

"Une campagne d'opinion contre l'Apartheid: l'affaire de la greffe du coeur (1968)," Matériaux pour l'histoire de notre temps, no. 115-116 (2015/1), 52-62.

"From Below and to the Left? Human Rights and Liberation Politics in Africa's Postcolonial Age", Journal of World History, 2013, v. 24 (2), p. 389-416.

“‘We Had Been Fooled into Thinking that the UN Watches over the Entire World.’ Human Rights, UN Trust Territories and Africa’s Decolonization,” Human Rights Quarterly (Johns Hopkins University Press), 2013

Avec Dieudonné Pouhe Pouhe, “Emeutes de la faim et apprentis sorciers: Eléments d’une tradition politique camerounaise après 50 ans d’indépendance et 20 ans d’opposition, » Afroscopie : Revue savante et pluridisciplinaire sur l’Afrique et les communautés noires (Paris : L’Harmattan) No. 2, January 2012.

“Cameroonian Nationalists Go Global: From the Forest Maquis to a Pan-African Accra,” Journal of African History (Cambridge University Press), 51.2 (2010): 189-212.

“Chiefs, Traitors, and Representatives: The Construction of a Political Repertoire in Independence-Era Cameroun,” International Journal of African Historical Studies (Boston University Press) 43.2 (2010): 227-58.

“A Miscarriage of Nation: Cameroonian Women and Revolution, 1949-1971,” for special issue on Fracturing Binarisms: Gender and Colonialisms in Africa, Stichproben: Vienna Journal of African Studies, No. 12 (2007): 61-90.

“‘God of Peace, God of Independence.’ Village Nationalism in theMaquis of Cameroun, 1957-1971,” Journal of African History (Cambridge University Press) 46.1 (2005): 75-101.

Fields of Interest

  • Africa south of the Sahara
  • Political and cultural history
  • Nationalisms
  • Post-colonialism
  • Human Rights
  • Historiography
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