Trevor M Simmons
— Ph.D. (Expected May 2015), Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Office Hours: On fellowship, 2014-2015
I am a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Texas at Austin studying the British Empire, colonial East Africa (particularly Kenya), and the development of Africa's tourist trade during the first six decades of the twentieth century.
I am currently finishing my dissertation, entitled "Selling the African Wilds: An Economic History of the Safari Tourism Industry in East Africa, 1900-1963." This project is the first economic study to chart the size and value of East Africa's tourist trade and explain the course of its development. My research on the history of tourism makes use of numerous new archival discoveries, and informs important historical debates involving African economic development, tourism, conservation, land use, globalization, and the transnational connections that developed -- economic, social, and cultural -- between colonial Africa and the wider British world.