I am a historian of the Black experience in the United States and the wider African Diaspora. My scholarly interests lie in the study of social movements for racial change in the long twentieth century.
My research and teaching agenda is driven by a desire to better comprehend the ways in which people of African descent, both in the United States and across the Diaspora, have built effective social movements. In the long shadow cast by slavery, colonialism, racial apartheid, and globalization, how have diasporic peoples mobilized and to what ends? What alliances have people of African descent formed; what visions of freedom have they dreamed; and how have their struggles transformed the social and economic structures of each new epoch? In studying these movements, I believe we learn invaluable lessons about the evolving nature of racial oppression and the potency of human agency to effect change.
My first book, Faith in Black Power: Religion, Race, and Resistance in Cairo, Illinois (Lexington: Univeristy Press of Kentucky, 2017), chronicles the overlooked role of the Black church and Black Liberation Theology in the Black Power Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
I am currently working on two new and interrelated projects about the global dimensions of the Black Power Movement. The first project focuses on the transformative role of international travel on African diaspora activists during the Black Power era with an eye for its role in facilitating transnational forms of activism. The second project explores Black Power in overlooked spatial locations with a particular emphasis on the United Kingdom.
Race, Roots & Resistance
In Spring 2018, I co-founded the Race, Roots & Resistance Collective. a democratic collective of staff, students and community members dedicated to the critical study of race and its impact on the lived experiences of people across temporal and spatial boundaries. We are a multidisciplinary group with broad specializations in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and where relevant the Natural Sciences. To learn more or join the Collective please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.