I am an interdisciplinary historian of the U.S. and the World, specializing in Critical Prison Studies and New Media Methods. I received my PhD in History from Harvard in May 2017, and currently serve as American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. I am at work on my first book, a history of prison expansion and American empire.
I have published writing in a variety of venues including the International Review of Social History, Archive Journal, Routledge, Vera Institue of Justice, American Federation of Teachers Journal, Academic Exchange Quarterly, Journal of the Oxford University History Society, Prison Photography, ArcGIS Online, and Medium.com. My video work includes the Visions of Justice project I directed for the Vera Institute and the Omni Award-winning Calderwood U.S. History Series I created with WGBH Boston for PBS Learning Media.
At Harvard I served as Teaching Fellow for courses on the History of the U.S. in the World, the African Diaspora in the Americas, and Multimedia Methods. I was an inaugural member of the History Design Studio, the Presidential Instructional Technology Fellows (PiTF), and Digital History Teaching Fellows (DiTF) programs. I received Harvard's Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for each semester I taught.
As a Visiting Scholar at the University of New Orleans, I designed an interdisciplinary course on Policing and Prisons in Local and Global Perspective and co-directed Lousiana's contribution to the States of Incarceration national public history project. Before returning to graduate school I taught public high school in East Los Angeles, where I was named the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the U.S. in 2011.