I am a historian of Africa, notably Congo-Kinshasa who has long taken an interest in historical theory, historiogaphy, narrative form, concepts, and a diversity of archival and material traces. Most of my work borders on ethnographic history. A Colonial Lexicon won the Herskovits Prize and was a major experiment in narrative form. A Nervous State won the Martin Klein Prize and is a dense, highly theorized reconsideration of King Leopold's Congo Free State which challenges traumatic modes of narration. I introduced the notion of suturing in historical and anthropological writing.
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