I am a child of diaspora in more ways than one. I was raised on both sides of the United States and smack dab in the middle of the country (Manhattan, KS), by a mother who spent many years of her childhood outside of the US and a nomadic father with roots in the well-worn paths traveled by Great Migration. I now reside in the Windy City–Chicago, Illinois–where I am in a doctoral program in History at Northwestern University. My research centers on questions of Black women’s literary and cultural production in the 19th, 20th and 21st century Atlantic Worlds (with a particular focus on the United States, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom), and the relationship between material and print culture, gender, and activism in the African Diaspora. I also have a strong interest in how my questions interact and interplay in digital spaces, particularly on social media, microblogging sites, and forums.
Prior to entering my Ph.D program, I was involved in a number of public and digital history projects, ranging from private archives to NASA archives, to research for a Chinatown project and a California State Park, and museum work various Southern California institutions.