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.

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.

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 also taught for three years in Atlanta Public Schools, at Collier Heights/Usher Elementary and KIPP WAYS Academy.