I am an historian of race, labor, and material culture particularly interested in the nineteenth-century US and global South. My first monograph, titled Provisioning Charleston: How Race Shaped Food and Eating in the Antebellum South (Cambridge University Press) has an anticipated publication date of April, 2021. My work has been recognized by the Business History Association, Preservation Society of CharlestonCoordinating Council of Women Historians, and most recently the Bradford Dissertation Prize from the St. George Tucker Society. 

In my professional service, I serve as treasurer for the Black Women’s Studies Association and a review editor for H-Early America

I love attending conferences- chatting with fellow historians, sharing research stories, and traveling to new cities. I am a regular attendee at SHEAR, SAWH, and The Southern and also enjoy the Oxford Food Symposium, Business History Conference, and the Agricultural History Society annual meeting.

In Fall of 2020 I will begin teaching African American history at Furman University, a liberal arts college in northwest South Carolina. During my two years in the departments of History and Africana Studies at Luther College, I have found that I love not only teaching students but also encouraging student research, particularly when it intersects with aspects of self-identity.

Doing research in the Barnwell County Courthouse
Charleston's got a dark history but is certainly a scenic place to do research!