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. 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.