My scholarship lays at the intersection of race, education, place, and Black girlhood studies.
My dissertation "Journeying: Black Girlhood, Movement, and the Refusal of Injustice" examines how movement through multiple educational spaces (homes, schools, social media, and afterschool programs) inspires Black girls to actively challenge injustice. Through a 15-month ethnographic study of 45 Black girls 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 gain the tools to resist anti-Black girl policies and practices in schools. Ultimately, my project positions journeying as theoretical lens that explains the development of protest and resistance among marginalized youth.
A chapter of this dissertation (published with Youth & Society) examines the multiple contexts that inform the racialized identities of Afro-Latina girls. Here I argue that journeying equips these girls with the ability to reject mestizaje ideology and attach positive meaning to their Blackness. A version of this paper was awarded 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 and co-authored a chapter in the edited 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 school punishment and on a separate paper with Zaire Dinzey-Flores on implementing a Black Latina Epistemology to survey design.