My research interests include women’s history and African American history, especially in Massachusetts. I specialize in the history of Black women’s grassroots activism in Boston. I am also interested in the history of food and its influence on the United States. I developed a course on this topic in Spring 2018.
I am currently revising my manuscript entitled Just Ordinary Mothers: Black Women’s Grassroots Organizing in Boston, from the Vote to the Busing Crisis. My work examines how upwardly-mobile Black working-class mothers navigated Boston’s civil rights movement and city politics to advance their community’s agenda from 1910 to 1974.
I recently published an article entitled “Extra! Extra! Boston Regulates Child Labor in the Streets, 1880-1895” in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. The article examines how the aldermen used their power to ensure that working children received a proper education, were protected from exploitation, and obeyed city laws.In the past decade, scholars have taken an interest in the history of child labor in the United States, as well as the role of the government in regulating the hours and working conditions of child labor. While most government officials attempted to restrict or abolish child labor, Boston’s board of aldermen created a legitimate space for children’s and teen’s wage work between in the 1880s and 1890s.
I presented a paper on my new project, entitled “From Savannah to Monrovia: Alice McKane, the Migration to Liberia, and Civil Rights at the turn of the 20th Century” at The Southern Historical Association, in Louisville, KY in November 2019.
In Fall 2020, I will teach taught “A Comprehensive History of the United States” (Hist 2110) and “African American History since 1877 (Hist 3131).” In Spring 2021, I will teach “The Civil Rights Movement” (Hist 4134).