I am a historian of the 20th Century United States with specializations in African American History, as well as political, labor, urban and cultural history. I completed a PhD in History at the University of Michigan. My research interests include African American history, political economy, labor, social movements and activism, the carceral state and hip hop culture. I am currently serving as a Michigan-Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow in the Egalitarianism and the Metropolis program in the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning and the History of Art. My articles have appeared in Social History and New Labor Forum. I am working on a book, tentatively titled, The Quest for Democracy: Black Power, New Left, and Progressive Politics in the Post-Industrial Midwest, which analyzes movements against the criminal state and campaigns for economic democracy after 1967.
I have also participated in campus and community politics in Ann Arbor. I helped organize a campus-wide overnight racial justice teach-in in 2014. I have also participated in Ann Arbor’s #BlackLivesMatter movement. I have written about history, race, gender, politics, campus diversity, and hip hop culture for Nursing Clio and Black Perspectives.