I am interested in the African diaspora in the U.S. and Britain during the early nineteenth century, slavery in the Atlantic World, women’s history, legal history, and historiography. My current research focuses on black women living in and around London between the landmark Somerset vs. Stewart ruling of 1772, which held that slavery was not compatible with common law, and the complete abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1838. The instability of legal freedom and the modes of resistance carried out by these women through abolitionism and abscondence are central themes of my current work.
Born and raised in Atlanta, I journeyed ‘way north’ to Dartmouth College and earned an A.B., magna cum laude, in history. In the spirit of my multi-disciplinary and broad liberal arts education, my senior year research project intertwined perspectives from history, art, and literature in an exploration of the lives of two black women living in England and France during the nineteenth century. Central to my undergraduate years was my active involvement on campus issues—I served as president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP), and was also a member of a research group of faculty and students that explored the moral, legal, and economic legacies of slavery at Dartmouth and other colonial colleges.
After graduating in 2015, I moved west to California, where I worked at Google as a people consultant for two years. My job entailed investigating employee claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; I was also quite engaged in issues around diversity and inclusion in Silicon Valley.
I am thrilled to be at Oxford, and it is deeply humbling to be part of the Ertegun community which is comprised of such knowledgeable, inspiring, and global-thinking scholars.