I am currently a Ph.D student in History at Northwestern University. My interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on African American and African Diaspora history and the study of gender, migration, and literature. Using digital humanities skills–GIS, visual data, and coding–I map my research to share the connections between black women activists and writers across the Atlantic Ocean in the 19th and 20th centuries, whose work grapples with the legacy of slavery and emancipation.
As a public historian, I remain committed to bridging the gap between the public, cultural heritage institutions, and the academy. I see history as a means to empower, reimagine, and expand the boundaries of memory and place, as well as give a voice to marginalized communities.
In my spare time, I’m a writer and history blogger, I cook, paint, draw, take pictures, and I have a love/hate relationship with sewing–though I enjoy the process of design to garment construction. I also love cats, and you’ll often see more pictures of my rambunctious Maine Coon than you will of me.