PhD - History
Brown University - 2018
MFA - Creative Nonfiction
Emerson College - 2010
BA - Slavic Languages and Literature
University of Chicago - 2004
“‘Land of the White Hunter’: Legal Liberalism and the Racial Politics of Morals Enforcement in Midcentury Los Angeles,” Journal of American History, Volume 105, Issue 4, March 2019, Pages 868–884. - publications
“‘The Place is Gone!’: Policing Black Women to Redevelop Downtown Boston,” in “Social Histories of Neoliberalism,” a special issue of the Journal of Social History, 53, no. 1 (Fall 2019), 7-26. - publications
My work is driven by two guiding questions: How have histories of the past created the contemporary world we live in? And what lessons can we learn from history to build a more peaceful and just future? By thinking and caring deeply about our shared past, we become empowered to make sense of our everyday lives and chart a path toward our unwritten future. History, for me, is our north star: through history we can learn how to navigate the stormy waters that surround us.
I am drawn to histories that are hidden in plain sight and histories that are made by those who have been forgotten, erased, or ignored: women of color; queer, trans, and nonbinary people; and poor people. Right now, I am working at the intersection of gender, race, and law enforcement. When we talk about race and police power in the United States, the conversation usually revolves around Black men. But Black women—both as targets and protesters of police—have been central to the modern history of law enforcement in the urban U.S.
In my classroom, I hope to kindle a sense of the excitement and relevance of historical work. I encourage students to seek out hidden histories and to ask how they connect to contemporary events and conditions. Practicing historical curiosity does not just enrich our everyday lives; students will also develop a toolkit of critical methods of inquiry and communication that is readily transferable from the classroom to their future careers.
I am committed to engaged mentorship. I strive to cultivate a sense of institutional and intellectual belonging so that students feel empowered to claim their identities as both responsible scholars of the present and engaged historical actors of the future. You are always welcome to visit me during office hours, or email me to make an appointment.
I'm originally from Los Angeles. Before joining the faculty at UT Dallas, I taught at Indiana University. When I'm not working, I love to read and take my dog for long walks around White Rock Lake.