I am a historian, working to help the public better understand the past and why it matters. My expertise is in the history of race and slavery in the United States and Atlantic World. My first book, Black Freedom in the Age of Slavery: Race, Status, and Identity in the Urban Americas, will be available in October 2020 from University of South Carolina Press. It explores the efforts of free people of color to improve their lives and challenge racial restrictions in the Atlantic World.
Currently, I serve as senior manager, strategic initiatives with the American Association for State and Local History, a national association that provides leadership and resources to help the history community thrive. I manage several initiatives, programs, and partnerships, including field-wide planning for the 250th anniversary of the United States; the History Leadership Institute; research and data gathering on the state of the history field; and other efforts related to advocacy, development, stakeholder engagement, and strategy.
I earned my Ph.D. in history from Rice University in 2016. In addition to my forthcoming book, I am also the co-editor, with Whitney Stewart, of Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations: An Atlantic World Anthology, an edited collection available now from University of Georgia Press. I have published work in the Washington Post, Smithsonian.com, and Black Perspectives, and in scholarly journals like Atlantic Studies and Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Learn more about my writing here.