Scholarship

My scholarship lays at the intersection of race, gender, place, education, and Black girlhood studies.

My dissertation "Black Girls’ Journeying: Identifying and Challenging (In)justice through Movement" examines how movement through multiple educational spaces (homes, schools, social media, and afterschool programs) informs the racial identities and perceptions of injustice of high school-aged Black girls. Through an ethnographic study of a community-based educational space (CBES) serving girls and gender expansive youth of color in the New York City metro area, I argue that as Black girls move in and out of their kitchen tables, classrooms, and afterschool programs, they carry and make sense of the lessons taught within and across these spaces. By centering movement as a key component of how Black girls experience space & place, I argue that these multiple sites must be examined as places that overlap and intertwine. In the dissertation, I theorize movement as a key driver of Black girls' racialized identities and perceptions of injustice by developing the concept of journeying

A chapter of this dissertation (published with Youth & Society) examines the multiple contexts that inform the racialized identities of Afro-Latina girls. I argue that while their homes and schools construct a Latinx mestiza identity that rejects and dehumanize Blackness, afterschool programs can affirm this identity. I suggest that embracing Black identity has positive implications for the healthy adolescent development of Afro-Latina girls, as it allows them to attach positive meaning to an identity they already embody. A version of this paper received the Rutgers Sociology Matilda White Riley Qualifying Paper Award (2020) and an honorable mention from the Latino/a/x Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. 

Additionally, I wrote the epilogue "On the Uses of History" for the Scarlet in Black: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History volume published by Rutgers University Press. Here I argued that the university must confront its history with slavery as prerequisite for moving towards an inclusive and equitable institution. I also co-authored a chapter in the upcoming volume Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis titled “Nothing About Us, Without Us: Reinscribing Black Feminism in Sociology.” 

I am currently working on a project with Hana Shepherd analyzing how bullying and discipline function as two differently racialized systems of punishment in schools and on a separate paper with Zaire Dinzey-Flores on implementing a Black Latina Epistemology to survey design.