I am a historian of race, slavery, and identity in the United States, Latin America, and the Atlantic World. I recently completed my Ph.D. in history at Rice University. I am currently preparing my book manuscript, tentatively titled Claiming Freedom: Race, Rights, and Social Mobility in the African Americas. This project, a comparative study of free people of color in the urban Americas, reveals the lived dynamics of freedom for African-descended people, examining the development of racial identity and community among free people of color as they crafted lives and claimed rights during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
I am the Co-Editor, with Whitney Stewart, of Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations: An Atlantic World Anthology, an edited collection forthcoming with the University of Georgia Press series Race in the Atlantic World, 1700–1900. I have an article forthcoming in Atlantic Studies and have also published an article in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. I also served as the Assistant Director for Rice University’s Program for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Culture. I have presented my work at a number of scholarly meetings, and I have written articles and blog posts with We’re History, the African American Intellectual History Society blog, and the U.S. Intellectual History Blog, among others.