I'm an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Stony Brook University.
My research uses qualitative data to explore how people interpret and respond to oppression. I am also broadly interested in mindfulness, contemplative practices and diversity. This work has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the SSRC and the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I've published in journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Poetics and the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race as well as numerous edited volumes.
During the '14-'15 academic year, I am on leave as a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement fellow completing my first book on race politics and collective memory in France. This work is based on my dissertation, "Imagining French Atlantic Slavery", (Harvard, Sociology) which was recognized by the American Political Science Association in 2012 as the best doctoral thesis on contemporary French Politics.
I am also working on several new projects, including an empirical study of mindfulness practitioners in New York City and a book blending autobiographical, theoretical and methodological reflections entitled "Colored Knowledge".