Biography

I am a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for African American Urban Studies & the Economy (CAUSE). I completed my PhD at Harvard University where I studied African American history, with a focus on how race, gender, and sexuality affected social movement organizing in the 20th century.

My book manuscript, tentatively titled “Living in the Struggle: Black Power, Gay Liberation, and Women’s Liberation Movements in Atlanta, 1964-1996,” examines the activism of poor and working class people after the Civil Rights Act made Jim Crow illegal. My research indicates that a diverse set of activists collaborated to assert control over federal antipoverty programs. This collaboration led to thousands of residents forming coalitions across racial, gender, and sexual lines to continue what they called “the struggle”: a decades long effort to make Atlanta a more just place.

Previously, I taught “Race & Riots in American History, 1600—present” as the History Prize Instructor at Harvard University. I have also taught Introduction to African American History in the African & Afro-American Studies Department at Brandeis University. I was a member of the Graduate Tutorial Board in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and led WGS tutorials on a range of topics including the gay liberation movement, Afrofuturism in literature, and HIV/AIDS treatment in Europe.

I hold a B.A. in African American Studies & History from the University of Rochester. Before starting graduate school, I worked for three years at the Legal Aid Society of Rochester.

Stay in touch with me via Twitter or e-mail. My full CV is available here.