I study the intersections of slavery, race, gender and the law in the early modern and colonial Atlantic World. My current project examines slave courts, or courts that tried exclusively enslaved persons, in North American and the Caribbean in order to understand the role segregated judicial structures played in fostering legal understanding among both enslavers and Africans, the formation of a “Black” race, and capitalist slavery regimes.
Prior to coming to Princeton, I received my Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 2014. My undergraduate thesis examined illicit liaisons between white women and black men as well as the freedom suits of their children in colonial Virginia and Maryland. After graduation, I worked at the New-York Historical Society where I helped produce curricula for New York State students and teachers before joining the curatorial team that opened the new Center for Women’s History in March 2017.
My other interests include critical race theory, women and gender history, and African American history more broadly.