I am a historian of the Caribbean and African diaspora and a postdoctoral fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.
Trained as an interdisciplinary historian, I study religion and racial formation in the circum-Caribbean, and I am currently working on a book manuscript, Converting Hispaniola: Religious Race-Making in the Dominican Americas. I also explore evolving notions of race in the present through my ongoing ethnographic research with the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in the Dominican Republic and Brazil.
I first became interested in studying race and religion in the Spanish Caribbean and Haiti when I spent ten months in the Dominican Republic as a Yale University Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (2007-2009). This fellowship supported my first research experience at the United Nations Institution for the Research and Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) in Santo Domingo, where I also partnered with InteRDom and studied abroad with CIEE-Santo Domingo.
While in Santo Domingo, I attended a small Dominican A.M.E. congregation in the heart of the city. A Chicago-suburb native, I grew up attending Bethel A.M.E. Church in Evanston, Illinois, where I learned A.M.E. doctrine and traditions. My participation in the “Black Church” abroad connected me to my African American roots at the same time that it opened the door to friendships and a whole new world of Latin American evangelical culture. My year of interacting with Dominican African Methodists led me to study the institutional history of the Dominican A.M.E. Church for my undergraduate senior thesis and as a doctoral student in the History Department at Duke University. Today, I maintain contact with current A.M.E. leaders and congregations in the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil. These relationships continue to inform my research on black Protestantism in the United States and Latin America.
Beyond my book manuscript and ongoing research, I am also passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. I look forward to teaching a new class "African American and Latin American Intersections," which will be offered at Harvard University in the spring of 2020.
Ph.D. History, Duke University (2017)
M.A. History, Duke University (2013)
B.A. Latin American Studies & International Studies,
Yale University (2009)
Latin American & Caribbean Studies
African & African American Studies
Latin American History
African American History
American Historical Association
American Academy of Religion
Latin American Studies Association
African American Intellectual Historical Society
Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora