I am a doctoral candidate in urban geography at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Under the supervision of Ruth W. Gilmore, my dissertation research is a historical geography of public housing in Johannesburg's Western Areas. Drawing mainly on Black feminist and postcolonial theory, I attend to how real and imagined infrastructures of public housing and urban development were linked to racialized ideologies of domesticity, gender, and social reproduction. This research speaks to a broader academic and political interest in repositioning gender alongside race as central to the production of cultural landscapes, and in foregrounding women’s histories and political subjectivities in the study of state formation. My current research interests, combined with my background in political economy and rural sociology, inform my teaching practice in the Urban Studies, Planning, and Political Science departments at Queens College and Hunter College and City College in New York.
I have been working since 2011 as production editor, designer, and typesetter with Common Notions, an independent publishing house and programming platform which aims to foster new formulations of living autonomy and contribute to the creation of worlds beyond capitalism.
In 2012, I co-founded Antumbra Design, a freelance graphic design cooperative which applies lessons from a long tradition of radical visual arts to inform a collaborative practice of contemporary book design.