I am currently a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in African American Studies at UCLA. Previously, I was the Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. I have also taught at Claremont McKenna College, UCLA, and Queens College.
My research focuses on the interconnection between social movements, public policy, and political economy in post-1865 U.S. history. Specific fields of research and teaching interest include African American Studies, the civil rights movement, history of capitalism, policing and imprisonment, fiscal and monetary policy, working-class history, U.S. and the world, and climate change and environmental justice movements.
My book manuscript, Fearing Inflation, Inflating Fears: The Civil Rights Struggle for Full Employment and the Rise of the Carceral State, 1929-1986, is under contract with University of North Carolina Press for their Justice, Power and Politics series. It describes the political economy of unemployment and efforts to win a federal governmental job guarantee, and how this struggle impacted the ascent of mass incarceration.
I am working on two new book projects. The first is about racial capitalism, the history of money, and the global history of gold mining. The second is about anti-racist working-class resistance to neoliberalism as viewed through the lives of Coretta Scott King, Cleveland Robinson, Jerry Tucker, and James Haughton.
My article “‘This Nation Has Never Honestly Dealt with the Question of a Peacetime Economy’: Coretta Scott King and the Struggle for a Nonviolent Economy in the 1970s,” was awarded the 2017 Maria Stewart Prize for the best journal article from the African American Intellectual History Society.
I am committed to public scholarship and I often write for policy and popular audiences as well as collaborate with social justice organizations. I also co-host and produce Who Makes Cents?: A History of Capitalism Podcast with Alex Beasley.