Katherine Mooney

Katherine Mooney

Katherine Mooney

Graduate Student


Areas of Expertise

  • African History
  • Diplomatic History
  • Swahili Language
  • Decolonization


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, History (In Progress)
  • M.A., The Ohio State University, History (2020)
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, World History and English Literature (2016)
Katherine Everett is a Ph.D. candidate of African history and a big fan of Zamrock, a Zambian independence-era rock genre. In particular, she studies state-building following independence, global racial solidarity movements, and public diplomacy in Central and Southern Africa. Her dissertation, entitled “An Era of Post-Independence Possibility in Zambia,” will interrogate and explore Zambian international image-building, transnational partnership formation, and regional political influence from independence (1964) until 1980. She has completed ethnographic fieldwork and Swahili language competency in Arusha, Tanzania; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Zanzibar, as well as archival fieldwork in Lusaka, Zambia and Frankfurt, Germany through grants and fellowships provided by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the Council on African Studies at Yale University, the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Program, and the OSU Department of History.
Currently, she volunteers at the Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) in Columbus as a Swahili interpreter and is the founding co-editor-in-charge of Storyteller: A Decolonized Journal, which aims to publish and support BIPOC writers at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels. She has also served as a graduate research associate for the OSU Humanities Institute and Center for Humanities in Practice and as a participant ethnographer/researcher for the OSU Center for Folklore Studies in Waverly, Ohio.

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