Basics About Me

I am a writer and researcher of the transnational politics of race, gender, sexuality and health throughout the African diaspora. I am also a first-generation student and a Caribbean immigrant who grew up in bicultural households in Brooklyn, New York.

Research & Academic Interests

Fields of study: Race, gender, sexuality and HIV/AIDS; Black feminist health science; transnational and women of color feminisms; ethnography and qualitative research methods.

As an intersectional feminist (Black, Caribbean, Women of Color) and interdisciplinary scholar in the emerging field of health humanities, I study how racialized sexuality matters to the body, to quotidian experience, and to cultural formations. To do this, I use qualitative methods such as ethnography and oral history to study how race, gender, and sexuality unfold in the lives, health, and futures of Afro diasporic people in general, and in Black Caribbean women in particular.

I hope that my research and teaching encourage new models of political participation, embodiment, and organizing that extend beyond U.S. border. My dissertation, “Ill Erotics: The Cultural Geography of Sexuality, Illness, & Self- Making Among HIV-Positive Young Women in Jamaica,” explores how the politics of HIV care and self-making meet in the everyday lives of young Jamaican women living with HIV as they enact negotiations of identity that make the critical difference between survival and death. My future project addresses the themes of sterilization of HIV-positive women and reproductive justice organizing in the Caribbean.

Teaching & Community-Based Learning

As an instructor, I strive to connect intersectional methods to real-time teaching in ways that collectively problem solve, bring people into the conversation, and engage students at various stages of their development process. As an organizer invested in equity as a core principle, I am eager to continue working with institutions, instructors, and students to create ethical and reciprocal connections between academic work and community-based needs.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Article - “From At Risk to Interdependent: The Erotic Life Worlds of HIV+ Jamaican Women,” Souls (Forthcoming)

Book Review - "Holding On: African American Women Surviving HIV/AIDS", Alyson O’Daniel. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 17, no.3 (2019): 1-3.

Peer Reviewed Journal Article - “On Forbidden Wombs and Reproductive Justice,” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, 15, no. 1 (2016): 166-188.

Awards & Honors

Pre-doctoral & Post-doctoral Fellowship, Consortium for Faculty Diversity, Amherst College (Fall 2019-Spring 2021) 

Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellow In Queer Studies & Religious Studies, Yale University (Spring 2019)

SSRC-Mellon Mays Proposal Writing and Dissertation Development Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia (Spring 2019)

Graduate Student Scholarship, National Women’s Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia (Fall 2018)

Mary Fair Croushore Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan (Fall 2018)

Rackham Program in Public Scholarship Grant, University of Michigan (Summer 2018)

Emerging Scholars Diversity Network, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan (Winter 2018)

Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Inducted in Spring 2017)

SSRC Predocotoral Research Grant, SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program, Social Science Research Council (Summer 2017)

Rackham International Research Award, International Institute, University of Michigan (Summer 2017) 

Reicker Graduate Student Research Grants, Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan (Fall 2016)

Humanities Without Walls Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Humanities Without Walls Consortium, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (Summer 2016)

Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan (Summer 2016)

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Field Grant, International Institute, University of Michigan (Summer 2016)

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program, Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan & University of the West Indies-Mona (Summer 2015)

Rackham Merit Fellowship for the American Culture Program, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan (Fall 2014 - Spring 2020)

The Gaius C. Bolin 1889 Prize in Africana Studies, Department of African Studies, Williams College (Spring 2014)

Nancy McIntire Prize in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Department of Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Williams College (Spring 2014)

U.S. Student Fulbright Program, Institute for International Education, Department of State (Spring 2014)

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Mellon Mays Foundation, Williams College (Spring 2012)