Misha Mintz-Roth

I specialize in East African and Indian Ocean history. My dissertation examines Indian merchants in twentieth-century Kenya, and questions to what extent the spread of merchant networks in the interior influenced the colony's economic development and debates about urban inequality and race at the time of Independence. My research employs records from Kenya's National Archive, Swahili language newspapers, and Gujarati language letters. I also utilize travel memoirs found in Gujarati libraries in India. My research has received support from the British Institute in Eastern Africa (2011-2012) and the IIE US Fulbright Program (2015-2016).

At Johns Hopkins, I work under Professor Pier Larson, and have completed studies in African and Indian Ocean History, Social and Cultural Theory, and Economic Anthropology. Prior to my doctoral research, I worked in the US and Kenyan financial sectors (2006-2008) and for the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs (2008-2010). I have published with Economist.com and The American Interest, and have co-authored a chapter about gender, mobile money, and household transformations in Kenya for Berghahn books' edited volume, Trusting and its Tribulations (2016).

Main Advisor: Professor Larson