Fabrice Uwihirwe is a sophomore economics and global affairs major at the University of Notre Dame. He is interested in East African economics and wealth inequality, particularly in his home country of Rwanda. Uwihirwe is currently working with Professor Paul Ocobock from the Department of History. As an assistant to Professor Ocobock, Uwihirwe will help research the development of the Kenyan coffee industry and the country’s economic relationships with other foreign countries like Britain and the United States.
Uwihirwe’s work will consist of logging data on coffee-related statistics in Kenya, and while research will be done primarily on Kenya, information on the history of coffee in Africa as a whole will also be explored. Uwihirwe is excited to learn about global economic structures and develop his research skills under Professor Ocobock in hopes of doing his own research in East Africa in the future.