Historian of African-American, Southern, and urban history.
I’m a first-year PhD student in history at the University of Virginia. I study race and the built environment in the 20th century American South. As a child, I was enraptured and regaled by my grandparents’ far-ranging tales about growing up in Alabama’s Black Belt and hill country. And since childhood, I’ve sought to tell my own stories—first as the author of A Flashlight for Kevin in elementary school, later as a marketing professional, and today as a historian.
I have presented my research at the The University of Alabama Graduate History Association Conference on Power and Struggle, the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and as a poster at the Urban History Association Biennial Conference.
In addition to a career in academia, I am interested in public history and museum management. I have held internships with the White House Historical Association and the historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.