Bio: I am an African historian with years of fieldwork experience in Tanzania, East Africa. My first book, Fipa Families (2006), and a series of related articles examined the ways in which Fipa integrated and made sense of European Catholic missionaries and their values during the colonial period. This research was based on more than two hundred oral history interviews in Kifipa and Kiswahili as well as extensive archival research in Rome and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. For a decade or more, I have been interested in sustainability, globalization and economic development, both the histories of these ideas and their deployment in various ways at various times as well as the question of how well such hegemonic ideas and investments mask the much more complex challenges facing us as members of human societies, such as the viability of the planet’s ecosystems, the viability of the current and projected human populations, and the viability of economic systems focused primarily on production and consumption with little grounding in either biophysical or social and cultural realities. Much of my writing and teaching currently focuses on these questions, including a second book Africa’s Past, Our Future (2015). I have been actively engaged with sustainability efforts on campus since 2007.
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