I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the History department at Rice University focusing on race, slavery, and identity in the United States, Latin America, and the Atlantic World. I am in the final stages of completing a dissertation titled “Ports of Freedom: Race and Identity in the Urban Black Atlantic.” In it, I explore the formation of racial identity among free people of color in the urban Atlantic World through an analysis of Charleston, South Carolina, and Cartagena, Colombia.
I received my M.A, and will soon receive my Ph.D, from Rice University, where I completed fields in Southern History, Latin America, and the 19th Century United States. I received a B.A. in History and Spanish from Lynchburg College. 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.