I am a historian of Latin America and the Atlantic world with a specialization in colonial Afromexico. I received my Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University and am Assistant Professor of World History at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ. My first book project, “Taxing Blackness: Free-Colored Tribute in Colonial Mexico,” examines taxation in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world from the perspectives of free Afromexicans, local officials, and fiscal bureaucrats. Using petitions and lawsuits related to royal tributes, free people of African descent sought to shape colonial ideas of blackness, subjecthood, and genealogy. My new project, tentatively titled “Heirs to their Houses: Families of Africans, Europeans, and Indians in Early North America, 1640-1820,” focuses on lineage, property, and residence among mulatos and their interracial families. Looking comparatively across Spanish, British, and French mainland North America, this book will follow the stories of families across race and caste in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
My research contributes to the fields of Africana and Latin American Studies, women’s and gender history, and history of the Atlantic world. My teaching interests include world history, music and its relationship to race and identity, and religion in the Iberian empires. I co-taught seminars in Queer history and comparative slavery while I was Visiting Assistant Professor in Latin American History at Northern Arizona University. My full C.V. is available here.
I have a low-budget stamp collection and enjoy attending concerts. I am classically trained as a dramatic soprano, violinist, and violist. I also like linguistics and poetry. At present, I am learning elementary spoken Punjabi. My favorite poets are Emily Dickinson, Nâzım Hikmet, Pablo Neruda, John Agard, Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Bishop, and Hafiz.