Originally from San Antonio, Texas, I am a scholar of nineteenth century African American history, politics, and visual culture. I am an Assistant Professor of History at Salisbury University where I teach African American History and U.S. History. For the 2019-2020 academic year, I am a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow based at New York University where I am finishing my first book and conducting research on my second book manuscript.
I graduated with my Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. My book manuscript, Visualizing Equality: African American Champions of Race, Rights, and Visual Culture, will be published in the John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. It studies the lives of black activists who produced and circulated images to advance the cause of numerous black rights campaigns in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. I am especially interested in the reception and uses of these images by those who viewed and collected these material objects. To learn more about my work, see my article, "The Art of Racial Politics: The Work of Robert Douglass Jr., 1833–46" by clicking here.
Before my doctoral work at the University of Michigan, I graduated from Williams College with degrees in History (with honors) and English. There, I was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.