Dissertation title: Enslaved Convicts in Imperial Spaces:  Race and Penal Transportation during the Abolition Era

Post-fellowship placement: Assistant Professor of History North Carolina State University (tenure-track)


Dissertation title: Black Teamwork: Football, Diaspora, Politics

Post-fellowship placement: Assistant Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University


Dissertation title: "And We Will Be Devoured’: Construction and the Politics of Dictatorship in Haiti (1957-1986) Women’s Writing"

Post-fellowship placement: Fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center at Library of Congress. 


Dissertation title: "In the Wider Interests of Nigeria as a Whole: Lagos and the Making of Federal Nigeria, 1949-76"

Post-fellowship placement:  post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University's Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities


Between 1791 and 1810, hundreds of individuals were taken as slaves from revolutionary Haiti to the U.S. by enslavers fleeing the revolution. By tracing their journeys, family and community ties, and interactions with the law, this dissertation examines the struggles of diasporic Haitians for freedom in the age of emancipation.



Between 1938 and 1942, the South Carolina Public Service Authority sought to displace 901 black families and dig up and flood over 9,000 graves for rural redevelopment. This dissertation challenges government and capitalist conceptions of value by conceptualizing and documenting a “conjure value” among South Carolina’s African-descended people.



My project is the first study of West African history to consider its Arabic tradition of arithmetic texts. It presents an intellectual history of 19th century Saharan West Africa focusing on manuscripts on arithmetical calculations (ḥisāb) and their applications to the elaborated system of rules of Muslim inheritance shares (farāʾiḍ).


Fascists without Labels unearths an antifascist tradition that is firmly rooted in histories of Black resistance. It tracks this transnational activist-intellectual tradition across the long civil rights movement from the 1930s to 1970s. It also illuminates the terms and substance of Black radical formulations of fascism unique to the United States.


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