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Ashley Rockenbach

Doctoral Candidate in History

1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI, 48109-1003

ashrock@umich.edu
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  • Fields of Study
    • Africa
    • Great Lakes Region
    • Conflict
    • Aid Organizations
  • About

    I study the history of migrants and refugees in the African Great Lakes region, and my dissertation will focus specifically on the Banyarwanda diaspora in Uganda. My work is centered on multi-generational family histories and genealogical work in southwestern Uganda, and I am interested in how successive generations of Banyarwanda have thought about citizenship/nationhood, moral community, ethnicity, masculinities/femininities, personal honor, temporality, and their place-in-the-world over the course of the twentieth century. I am furthermore interested in state population-management technologies and the ways in which various agents have attempted to control, categorize and contain mobile persons according to their own particular projects; this has led me to investigate the history of demography, roads, camps and labor in East Africa. Prior to graduate school, I volunteered for a year with a small NGO in Malawi.

  • Education
    • BA, American History, University of California Riverside, 2005