Michaela is a second-year Ph.D. student in history with interests in gender and nationalism in 20th-century African history. Her research focuses on the women’s nationalist movement in Katanga during its secession from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the early 1960s. She is broadly interested in popular culture and daily life in Katanga during the secession. Michaela graduated with a B.A. in History from Muhlenberg College where she completed a senior thesis analyzing youth nationalist movements during the Katangese secession.