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I am a critical human geographer and interdisciplinary social scientist broadly interested in the racial politics of migration and citizenship, inequality, social movements, and Black geographies. My work sits at the intersection of critical public policy studies, diaspora theory, Black European studies, and postcolonial/feminist science and technology studies.
I received my PhD from the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley in 2018. I currently serve as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. I am a principal faculty member in UCSC's Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program, and an affiliate of the Science & Justice Research Center and the Legal Studies Program. My teaching is focused on race, immigration and citizenship, political economy, space and inequality, and social theory.
My current research explores the politics of Blackness and citizenship in Italy. In this project, I examine the ways in which the Italian-born children of African immigrants have mobilized for a reform of Italian citizenship law in the context of the Eurozone economic crisis and the southern European refugee emergency. I am currently preparing a book manuscript based on this research, which represents the first ever in-depth study of Black youth political mobilizations in Italy. I am also co-editing two edited volumes, one on Black geographic thought, and another on the Black Mediterranean.
I currently serve as Chair of the Black Geographies Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. I sit on the editorial boards of Critical Ethnic Studies, Environment and Planning D: Society & Space, and Dialogues in Human Geography. I also represent UC Santa Cruz on the executive committee for California Italian Studies.
I continue to collaborate with activist collectives in the United States and Europe working at the intersection of anti-Blackness and xenophobia. I am also project manager and faculty member of the Black Europe Summer School, a two-week intensive course on citizenship, race, and ethnic relations held each summer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.