I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University (CHAT) and a Project Policy Analyst with the Global Justice program at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society (HIFIS) at the University of California, Berkeley. I hold a Ph.D. in Society and Environment from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.Sc. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego.
My current book project is entitled Verdant Empire: Racial Capitalism, Containment, and the Settler-Imperial Politics of U.S. Agricultural Development. In it, I investigate the largely obscured connections between the United States’ Cold War-era agricultural and rural development programs—which helped consolidate U.S. empire as they aimed to combat hunger and contain civil unrest across the Third World—and the conditions of U.S. slavery, settlement, and racialization that prefigured such programs.
My research has been published in Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences and is forthcoming in Comparative American Studies. As a Project Policy Analyst with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, I have also co-authored reports on race, state power, and racial capitalism as they pertain to U.S. and global food systems and agri-environmental policy, corporate power and trade, and forced migration.