Meredith McKittrick's first book explores the gendered and generational dynamics of the creation of a large and youthful Christian community in northern Namibia in the late 19th and 20th centuries. During research for that book, she came to realize the extent to which control over the region's water resources underlay religious practice, political authority, and community identities. This led to her current book project, which examines how local communities, colonial governments, and post-colonial states have claimed and utilized river resources in Namibia, Botswana, and Angola. She teaches a variety of African history courses, including resistance and rebellion, gender and generation, environmental history, and comparative US-South African history; she's also taught global history and agricultural history. In 2010, she won the Georgetown College Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. She is from Texas, worked as a journalist, and has raised chickens and heritage turkeys. She lives in rural Maryland with her spouse and three children.