I’m an Assistant Professor of History at Florida International University, where I’ve been a faculty member since 2015. My forthcoming book, To Make the Wounded Whole: the Political Culture of African American AIDS Activism, examine grassroots responses to the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS on black communities. This project locates the work of African American AIDS activists as part of the longer history of black health activism, as well as within the ways that African Americans have framed their fight for inclusion and equality in the United States in relation to other struggles throughout the African Diaspora and global south.
Along with To Make the Wounded Whole, I have several forthcoming book chapters and articles:
- “‘Don’t We Die Too?’: The Politics of AIDS and Race in Philadelphia,” in Beyond the Politics of the Closet: Gay Rights and the American State since the 1970s, ed. Jonathan Bell (University of Pennsylvania Press, Fall 2019)
- “Race,” in Routledge History of American Sexuality, ed. Kevin Murphy, Jason Ruiz, and David Serlin (Routledge, Fall 2019)
- “Tales from Behind the Wall: ACT UP/Philadelphia and HIV in Prisons,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography (October 2019)
As part of my research for To Make the Wounded Whole, I launched both an oral history project among African American AIDS activists and an online archive of the fight against HIV and AIDS in Black America.
I’m also the principal investigator on a federally funded two-year project to digitize the archives of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, which preserves the history of Miami’s “colored only” beach. As part of that project, a team of five FIU graduate students has digitized thousands of unique documents and artifacts that capture Miami’s African American history.
I regularly teach courses in United States, African American, LBGTQ, oral, and public history. My approach to teaching emphasizes investigation, discussion, and active learning, and my upper-level and graduate courses push students to interpret the past for public audiences. For example:
- in Fall 2017 students in my African American history course at Florida International University constructed digital exhibits for the African American AIDS History Project
- in Fall 2014, students in my Introduction to Digital Humanities class at Stockton University worked together on a web platform for the Staring Out to Sea Oral History Project, a set of interviews conducted by students at Kean University about Hurricane Sandy in northern New Jersey
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