Olivia is a doctoral student in History, a member of the Modern European history program, and is pursuing a PhD Minor in Africa Studies. She is broadly interested in studying constructs of gender, space, and nationalism. Her work centers on German colonialism and Germans living beyond Germany, particularly German East Africa. Originally from Bel Air, Maryland, she received her BA in history from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, where she graduated with honors. Before graduate school, Olivia taught high school history to a group of exceptional and diverse learners in Raleigh, North Carolina.