I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Rutgers University- New Brunswick, specializing in the history of women, gender, and sexuality in the 20th century United States. I earned my Bachelor of the Arts with Distinguished Honors in History and Women's & Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey in 2015.
I study the history of sexual violence, feminist activism, African American women, and state crime control policy in the late 20th century United States. My forthcoming dissertation, tentatively titled “Controlling Rape: Black Women, the Feminist Movement Against Sexual Violence, and the State, 1974-1994,” explores how black women's anti-rape activity evolved in response to the state's growing interest in punishing and prosecuting rape during the long War on Crime.
My research has been supported by the Graduate School of New Brunswick, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers Oral History Archives, Smith College Libraries, the New-York Historical Society, and the P.E.O. International.