I am a Ph.D. student in African and African American Studies at Harvard University with a primary field in History. I have an M.F.A. in Design from the University of Texas at Austin (2015) and a B.A. in Fine Arts from The University of Pennsylvania (2008).
My current work focuses on race, labor, and capitalism in Louisiana’s River Parishes in the 19th century. Once lined with sugar plantations, this area has served the demands of global commerce for over two centuries through the exploitation of African American lives and labor. Today, it is a dystopian landscape of flood control infrastructure, petrochemical refineries, and marginalized communities. The transition from chattel slavery to “free” labor, and from sugar to oil can be read in the exhausted landscape itself. I search for stories in between the smokestacks and beneath the levees.
This research is influenced by ongoing work in New Orleans as a community organizer, French Quarter tour guide, and designer. I am deeply committed to public history and collaborative scholarship.