I earned my doctoral degree in History from the University of Massachusetts in May 2016. In September, I joined the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center as a Research Associate and the Department of History at UMass as a lecturer.
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.
My research interests include women’s history, African American history, urban history, U.S. Northeast and New England, political and cultural history, marginality, feminist theory, and the development of U.S. popular culture. I currently teach a course entitled “What is on your plate? A Transnational History of Food in North America.”
I recently published a book chapter entitled “Before Boston’s Busing Crisis: Operation Exodus, Grassroots Organizing, and Motherhood, 1965-1967.” This chapter discusses the impact of Boston Black mothers’ community organizing by examining how sociopolitical issues within the city, combined with the inability of mainstream civil rights organizations to effect change, lead to the creation of a community-run bussing campaign to gain access to educational resources for their children.
In June 2017, I presented a paper entitled “The Boston Busing Crisis: Black Mothers in the Civil Rights Movement” at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. I presented a paper on my new project, entitled “Local Organizing through a Global Lens: Muriel Snowden, Boston, and the Pan-African Movement” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., in January 2018.