Rebecca Wall is a Ph.D. candidate in African History and a 2019-2020 Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. Her dissertation investigates colonial and postcolonial Senegal River management practices, ideologies, and organizations. She considers how West African nations balanced their individual sovereignty with the ecological and geographic imperative to jointly manage shared water resources. She is also interested in the legacies of colonial Senegal River management and the gaps between planning and practice. Rebecca has undertaken research in Senegal, Mali, and France.
Rebecca's research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays DDRA, the Social Science Research Council, the West African Research Association, the Stanford Center for African Studies, the Stanford Center on Global Poverty, and the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation. She is also passionate about interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration, and is working on a team project at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center to reduce the transmission of dam-related disease in the Senegal River basin. In her free time, Rebecca loves exploring the Bay Area on trails and by bike.