Originally from Florida, I received a BA in History (Hons) from the University of Central Florida before moving to the University of Texas Austin for my graduate studies in African History (MA, 2010; PhD, 2012). My PhD dissertation, which focused on bilateral relations between Zambia and the People’s Republic of China, is now being published as an expanded monograph entitled, Negotiating for Development: Zambian Economic Development in the Cold War. I am now finishing my Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Florida State University (December 2016).
I am currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR), based in Lusaka, Zambia. At SAIPAR, and in collaboration with other regional institutions, I am actively involved in collection development and management, particularly with digital library and archival digitization projects. I am on the editorial board of the Southern African Journal of Policy and Development and the Zambia Social Science Journal, and I also serve as Technical Manager for SAIPAR’s Judgment Commentary Unit and coordinator of the SAIPAR Occasional Papers’ Series and Research Guide Series.
Previously, I have been Associate Director of Research and Programmes and Associate Research Fellow at SAIPAR. I also held a post-doc at the African Studies Centre in Leiden, where I am currently a Fellow Community Member. At SAIPAR, I have also worked on a number of research projects, including work on Zambian economic development history, Chinese migrants in Zambia, and information needs and access of university faculty in Zambia.
My current research interests include endangered material preservation, digitization and digital libraries, and the interaction between archives and historical study.
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