Current Graduate Students

20th century British Empire, whiteness/Britishness, gender/masculinity, professionalization, colonization, imperial historiography

"Keys to the British Empire: Britishness, Gender, and the Systemization of the Interwar Colonial Administration." Advisor: George Bernstein

This project explores how the apparatus of the British Empire was purposely forged during the interwar (1919-1939) years through the systemization of recruitment, training and tracking by a small subset of professional administrators. This group created new imperial typologies of “Britishness” and “masculinity” and fundamentally altered the balance of power between the metropole and Empire.

M.A. Thesis
"Kenya’s Lack of Development During the First Few Decades of British Involvement"
Thesis director: George Bernstein

Grants and Fellowships
Paul and Elizabeth Selley Doctoral Fellowship, 2014-2015
J.E. Land Fund for School of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Travel, 2015
Tulane School of Liberal Arts Summer Merit Scholarship, 2013 & 2014
Tulane Provost Travel Fund, 2012 & 2013
Tulane History Department Lurcy Travel Award, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
Tulane History Department Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2014

Conference Presentations
“Keys to the British Empire: Britishness, Gender, and the Systemization of an Ideal Representative.” Britain and the World Conference. Austin, April 2015.

“Homogenizing the British Colonial State: Training and Recruitment Between the Wars.” Practices of Order: Colonial and Imperial Projects Conference. University of Copenhagen, January 2015.

“Debates in London and the Periphery: White Settlement in Kenya, 1884-1939.” European Society for the History of Economic Thought Conference. Kingston University, May 2013.

“Apathetic Administrators and the Lack of Economic Development of Kenya, 1884-1923.” Britain and the World Conference. University of Edinburgh, June 2012.

“Photographic Memory and the Obligations of German Militarism During Weimar.” Battlegrounds: Sites and Sights of Power Film Studies Conference. University of Pittsburgh, October 2011.

“The Limits of British Involvement in Zanzibar.” Power and Struggle History Conference. University of Alabama, February 2011.

“Bond, James Bond: Modern Day Knight & Reflector of the Gender Normative.” Graduate Liberal Studies Symposium. Stanford University, June 2009.

Teaching Experience
Course Instructor, Modern European Imperialisms (Tulane University, Spring 2013), Modern Empires of the Pacific World (University of New Orleans, Fall 2014)
These classes look at the reasons behind the spread of imperial power– including trade, religion, nationalism, and diplomacy – from the perspectives of both the colonizers and colonized. These courses have focused readings on the pre-colonial period, the colonial encounter, and the post-colonial situation. Both courses aim to provide students with several case studies and to ask students to ponder their legacies in the present.

Course Instructor, The Colonial Encounter in the Modern World (Xavier University New Orleans, Spring 2013) The Colonial Encounter (University of New Orleans, Fall 2014)
This course considers how empires represent themselves, the differences between formal and informal empires, how empires operate in the metropolis and “on the ground,” and the relationships between the colonizers and the colonized, broadly construed.

Course Instructor, The Emergence of the Contemporary World Since 1789 (Tulane University, Fall 2012)
I engage students in this entry-level course by utilizing a variety of primary and secondary documents, encouraging class discussions, and running the course around the meta question of “what is history and how is it produced?”

Ph.D. candidate, History, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, expected 2016
M.A., History, Tulane University, 2012
B.A., Political Science, California State University Fullerton, 2006
A.A., Liberal Arts, Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee, CA, 2003


Arthur Sprogis  
After spending half a year in São Paulo, Brazil teaching English, learning Portuguese, and attempting Samba, Arthur returned to New York and did some non-for-profit work. He is now a publications manager at the College Board.

Caryn Cosse Bell  
I am Professor of History at University of Massachusetts Lowell and author of the award-winning Revolution, Romanticism, and the Afro-Creole Protest Tradition in Louisiana, 1718-1868 (Louisiana State University Press, 1997). My dedication to writing and teaching history drew me to a career as n historian. Dividing my time between teaching and research is the most challenging aspect of my work. A successful class and a well-received publication are the most rewarding.

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