Academic Positions

Assistant Professor of History, UC Riverside
2016 - Present
Faculty Profile


PhD, African and African American Studies
Harvard University, 2016

A. M., History,

Harvard University, 2012

Link to Harvard Alumni Page

M.F.A., Non-Fiction Writing, 2005

Columbia University

B.A., Black Studies and French, 1990

Oberlin College

Fellowships and Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Research Award
#HB-263188. LINK
UC Humanities Research Initiative Junior Faculty Manuscript Award. LINK
Hellman Fellowship, University of California. LINK
Ruth and Lincoln Ekstrom Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University. LINK


For more details, see the publications tab


Selected Talks and Presentations

Invited Talks

2018 “Interactions Complexes: Le Coton global, les indiennes et l’art d’autofaconner sur la Cote de Haute Guinee au debut du 19eme,” guest lecture at the Musee d’art et d’histoire de Neuchatel exhibit, “Made in Neuchatel: Deux Siecles d’Indiennes,” Neuchatel, Switzerland.

“Global Cotton and the Centripetal Pull of the Western African Sahel, 1740-1780,” presented at the African Studies Center Speaker Series, UCLA.

“Approaching Africa’s History through Cloth: Production, Commerce and Consumption” at the Creating African Fashion Histories Conference, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, UK.

“The Concepts and Contours of Atlantic History” Guest lecture at the Julius Nyerere University of Kankan, Republic of Guinea.


“The Politics of Dress: Habitants, Laptots and Marabouts in the Age of Islamic Revolutions in Saint Louis 1785-1817,” presented at Colonial Cities in Global Perspective conference in Saint Louis, Senegal.

                  “Textiles and Dress: Competing Masculinities and Self-Fashioning during the era of ‘Legitimate Commerce’ on the Upper Guinea Coast, 1800-1850, paper presented at Rethinking the Afropolitan: The Ethics of Black Atlantic Masculinities on Display, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA.

Global Cotton, Cultural Encounter and Self-Fashioning on the Upper Guinea Coast, 1820-1850, (Panel chair) Mande Studies Association conference, Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire.

“Reading Cloth Consumption and Clothing Practices among the Enslaved in 18th Century Senegambia,” presented at “Dressing Global Bodies,” University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.




For more information, see the TEACHING tab