I am an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, where I also serve on the Executive Council of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and am affiliated with the Institute for Research in African American Studies.

Before teaching at the university level, I taught for three years in Atlanta Public Schools, at Collier Heights/Usher Elementary and KIPP WAYS Academy.

I earned my Ph.D. from the joint program in Anthropology and French Studies at New York University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia's Society of Fellows in the Humanities. From 2014-2016 I was on the faculty at Yale University.

I am the former managing editor of two journals: Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. These days, I’m a member of the Social Text Collective, Scholars for Social Justice, and I serve on the editorial board of PoLAR: the Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

Outside of academe, I am the former coordinator of Oakland's Prison Activist Resource Center and the former Board Chair of New York City's Audre Lorde Project. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Hudson Valley Seed (newly renamed Land to Learn), an organization committed to growing a movement for food justice and community wellness through garden-based education.