I am a public historian, working to help the public better understand the past and why it matters. 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 and direct our involvement in several initiatives, programs, and partnerships: 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.
My scholarly expertise is in the history of race and slavery in the United States, Latin America, and the Atlantic World. I earned my Ph.D. in history from Rice University in 2016. My first monograph, Black Freedom in the Age of Slavery: Race, Identity, and Status in the African Americas, will be published by University of South Carolina Press in Fall 2020. This project, a comparative study of free people of color in the urban Americas, examines 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 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 with Atlantic Studies, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and several digital outlets.