About Me

I am an interdisciplinary scholar of African American History, Critical Carceral Studies, and Black Social and Political Thought. I received my PhD from Harvard in 2017, and served as ACLS-Mellon Public Fellow in New Orleans and as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University's Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs. This fall, I will join the faculty at the University of California, Davis, as Assistant Professor of African American & African Studies. I am at work on my first book, a history of race, incarceration, and American empire, under contract with The New Press.

I have been recognized for my teaching and new media work, including being named the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the United States and winning an Omni Gold Award for The Calderwood U.S. History Series produced by WGBH Boston for PBS Learning Media. I recently co-directed Louisiana’s contribution to the States of Incarceration national public history project and traveling exhibit. My research and public engagement work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Council on Libraries and Information Resources, Charles Warren Center for American History, and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.