I'm interested in the changing ways people engage with the past, participate in struggles over the meanings of history, and in the creative possibilities of Digital History and New Media.
I am an interdisciplinary historian of the United States in the World specializing in African American History, Carceral Studies, and New Media. I received my PhD in History from Harvard in May 2017, and served as American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Mellon Public Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice and Alternate ROOTS in New Orleans. I am currently at Brown University's Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs finishing my first book, a history of incarceration and American empire which is forthcoming from The New Press.
I teach courses in History, African American Studies, and International & Public Affairs, utilizing transnational approaches and multimedia methods. I have been recognized for my teaching and new media work, including being named the National Council of Social Studies (NCSS) Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the United States, receiving Harvard’s Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, and winning an Omni Gold Award for The Calderwood U.S. History Series produced by WGBH Boston for PBS Learning Media. Most recently, I co-directed Louisiana’s contribution to the States of Incarceration national public history project and traveling exhibit.