I recently graduated with my PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. My thesis, entitled “Nationalism, Authority, and Political Identity in the Secession of Katanga 1908-1963”, examined the Katangan secession crisis of 1960-63 in the context of longer-term development of Katangan nationalism and political identity, from the Belgian Congo in 1908 through the Katangan secession crisis of 1960-63. My previous research focused on how Ireland’s neutrality influenced Irish Peacekeepers and representation in the Congo Crisis. More broadly, I am interested in the history of nationalist movements across decolonizing Africa; secession movements; the Global Cold War; and the politics of print media. Additionally, I was the 2014 winner of the ASA’s Graduate Student Paper Prize as well as a Fulbright Fellow to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012-2013.