I am an interdisciplinary scholar engaged in research on social movements, race, community studies, public history, and Black archives. 

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University. I have served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Advanced Social Science Research at New York University, and as a Social Science Research Council-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Fellow. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and my undergraduate degrees in English-Creative Writing and Sociology from the University of Southern California. 

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+Order my book To Fulfill These Rights: Political Struggle over Affirmative Action and Open Admissions!

+Check out my recent article, “Confronting Scale: A Strategy of Solidarity in Urban Social Movements, New York City and Beyond” in City & Community

+Check out my recent appearance on the podcast The Sociology Annex talking about my new book

+Check out my recent talk about the resurgence of white supremacy at Arlington Committee of 100’s February meeting

+Check out my recent appearance on the podcast Flatbush + Main, speaking about the police killing of Crown Heights community leader Arthur Miller in 1978

+Listen to oral history clips from Home + Belonging

+Listen to my past appearances on Reconnaissance, talking about the historic 18th century free Black community of Weeksville; and musings on rebellion, race, and Black identity in Brooklyn on Third Rail


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