Bio

I am a historian of the Soviet Union and the world. I am interested in the USSR's economic, intellectual, and political interactions with external ideas, states, and people. In particular, I look at Soviet engagement with Africa, Asia, and Latin America during the Cold War. My first book (Arrested Development: The Soviet Union in Ghana, Guinea, and Mali, 1955-1968) explores the Soviet Union's economic partnership with three newly-independent countries in West Africa during the Nikita Khrushchev era. It will be published by Cornell University Press in August 2022. I am currently working on a new project that investigates intellectual exchanges between Soviet and Latin American economists preoccupied with theorizing "backwardness" and "dependency".

I joined the Davis Center in September 2021. I received my PhD from Oxford in 2012, and I was a postdoc at the London School of Economics and at Columbia. Before coming to Harvard, I was lecturer in international history at Oxford.

My research has benefited from generous grants from the European Research Council (ERC), the British Academy, and the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).