Before beginning my PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2019, I obtained my BA from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. My undergraduate thesis examined the historical memory and cultural identity of segregated communities. Between my time at Flagler College and Pitt, I transcribed original slave trade records and wills dating back to the seventeenth century for the research and subsequent production of several monuments in the state of Connecticut.
My current research explores how integration and emigration impacted the culture and economic stability of formerly segregated communities across the United States. Furthermore, I am interested in the theme of Jim Crow Nostalgia, and how many residents within historically black neighborhoods across the United States have glorified and commemorated a period of segregation and racial divide to preserve the lore, perseverance, and memory of their community.
Advisor: Keisha N. Blain
African American identity
African American history
20th century US history