Brooklyn Abolitionists

Brooklyn Abolitionists at the Brooklyn Historical Society re-examines the lives of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery activists – everyday residents, black and white – who transformed their community, city, and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is on display at Brooklyn Historical Society is part of a larger public history project called In Pursuit ofContinue reading “Brooklyn Abolitionists”

We Must Stand United

“We Must Stand United: Activism, Achievement, and Community at Bronx Community College” celebrates and explores Bronx Community College of the City University of New York as a center of black activism. Themes include presidential legacies of James Colston and Roscoe Brown, Jr., and waves of grassroots student activism. Project leveraged Bronx Community College’s rich archives.   Role:Continue reading “We Must Stand United”

Sweet Industries

“Sugar Industries: Refining What We Know” at the Brooklyn Historical Society examines the commodity of sugar fueling Brooklyn’s growth for over 150 years. The exhibit focuses on the history of two companies: Domino Sugar and Drake’s Bakeries. The project was produced by Exhibition Laboratory (or “ExLab”), a highly successful annual museum studies after-school program featuring high schoolContinue reading “Sweet Industries”

Media + Lectures

Interview by Matt Wells for “1 in 4 Brooklynites was a slave,” BBC World Service, May 2015 “New York City would really rather not talk about its slavery-loving past,” by Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, April 2015 “Challenging American Inequality: Historical Literacy Matters,” Roundtable discussion with Mae Ngai (Columbia), Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture),Continue reading “Media + Lectures”

Teaching + Scholarship

An Assistant Professor in the History Department at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, I teach a variety of courses including an Introduction to the Modern World (one semester modern world history survey course), The American Nation (one semester U.S. history survey course), and the History of New York City I have taught sections in the ASAP program,Continue reading “Teaching + Scholarship”


In Summer 2015, I was a Gittell Junior Faculty Fellow awarded by CUNY Graduate Center. The Gittell Urban Studies Collective Fellowships support research that engages communities and fellow researchers working on urban issues related to social justice and democratic governance.   “Brooklyn Nets: Capturing the Brooklyn Bridge and a the Brooklyn Bridge and a City Landscape.” City Landscape,”Continue reading “Scholarship”