About Me

I am currently jointly appointed as Professor of African Diaspora Studies in the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of American Studies at the University of Virginia. I am a specialist in Caribbean, African American, and French colonial literary and historical studies. 


Ph.D.   English, University of Notre Dame, 2009, with distinction.
M.A.    English, University of Notre Dame, 2008.
B.A.     English, French, Loyola Marymount University, 2002, magna cum laude.


Robert Silvers Grant for Works in Progress, Robert B. Silvers Foundation, summer 2021.

Senior Ford Fellowship, Ford Foundation, 2022-2023.

NEH Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2021-2022.

ACLS Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2019-2020.

Lapidus Center Short-Term Grant, Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of 
Transatlantic Slavery, Schomburg Center, Summer 2018.

National Humanities Center Residential Fellowship, Research Triangle Park, 2016-2017

Ford Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation, The National Academies, 2012-2013. 

NEH Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities, summer 2010.

Ford Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, Ford Foundation, The National Academies, 2008-2009.