My scholarship concerns intersections between race, capitalism, and the United States in Africa. My dissertation, “From Black Power to Black Empowerment: Transnational Capital and Racial Integration in the United States and South Africa since 1969,” examines how a variety of U.S.-multinational corporations, foundations, and government actors responded to demands for “community control” and reparations by activists engaged in black nationalist struggles in the United States and South Africa. In particular, I situate these debates within the context of a growing transnational discourse about black empowerment and black entrepreneurship during the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Previously, I have published work on the history of racial liberalism and urban development in Atlanta, “Selling Atlanta: Black Mayoral Politics from Protest to Entrepreneurism, 1973 to 1996,” Journal of Urban History, forthcoming; and the international sixties’ counterculture and youth protest in communist Czechoslovakia, “Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Birth of Czechoslovakian Civil Society in the Sixties,” (Colima: University of Colima Press, 2011).
Raised in Baltimore, Maryland, I hold a B.A. in History from Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and an M.A. in Social Science from The University of Chicago. Outside of academic work, I enjoy traveling, camping, and exploring cities both familiar and unfamiliar.
Thesis Title: "From Black Power to Black Empowerment: Transnational Capital and Racial Integration in the United States and South Africa since 1969"
Main Advisor: Professor Burgin, Professor Connolly