I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the African and African American Studies department at Washington University in St. Louis. My research interests include 20th & 21st century African American History with a focus on science, technology, and environmental studies. Specifically, my research entails a gendered, environmental study of the historic effects of the restrictive covenant, as well as its persistent afterlife. I uncover the “radical health politics” of early Black women writers, who by framing covenants as environmental hazards, challenged the racialized scientific ideologies underlying urban development which viewed the Black body as a contagion prone to spreading disease.
As a former public policy associate, I seek to bridge the humanities with policy and public forms of digital scholarship as a way of bringing about housing and environmental security. As a result, my work is located at the intersections of the (digital) humanities, geography, law, health, and urban planning. I am invested in understanding how our nation's federal housing policies shape the quality of life and environments of people of color, as well as their access to transportation, jobs, education, technology, and clean air among other things. My work has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, among others.