I am an historian, writer, and non-profit founder with wide-ranging interests. As an academic, my scholarship focuses on three interrelated thematic areas: the history of slavery and freedom in Latin America; the process of racial formation in the region; and the ways in which gender shaped the experience of enslavement and racialization. My scholarship is also inspired by the methodological concern of recovering the subjectivities of enslaved and free people of African descent who rarely had direct access to writing and whose voices were heavily mediated when they did appear on record.
As a writer, I tend to be more varied. I have written commentary on topics such as fashion, pop-culture, and travel, with the latter subject being particularly close to my heart. My early exposure to international travel - I participated in immersive programs in Mexico and France while a scholarship student at a private high school - led me to the career and opportunities I have now. Because of those experiences, I developed an abiding interest in foreign languages and cultures, which led me to major in both History and Spanish as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania and spend a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I conducted independent research on race and national identity in the region. And it was because of my semester abroad that I cemented my love of research, which led me to pursue a PhD in Latin American History at the University of Michigan, where I was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for dissertation research in Peru.
Because of how formative travel has been for me, and because I know how cost-prohibitive it can be, I was moved to co-found The Wandering Scholar, a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to make international education opportunities accessible to students from low-income backgrounds. As the first person in my family to graduate college and pursue an advanced degree, I understands that all it takes is the right opportunity at the right moment in time to change a person's entire trajectory in life, and The Wandering scholar works to create just that.