I am a historian of the Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine, and East Germany. I am a rising fourth-year doctoral candidate (Ph.D.) in History at the University of Pennsylvania.
My dissertation project is an exploration of the form, function, and the multiple understandings of race and Blackness in the Soviet Union and East Germany through the experiences of African Americans and Africans.
My public writing analyzes race, foreign policy, and culture in the United States, Russia, and Ukraine. My writing has been featured in Al Jazeera English, Meduza, MSNBC, and Kennan Institute's Russia File.
Photo Credit: Laurence Kesterson.
Soviet Nationality Policy
Race and Ethnicity in the USSR and GDR
Race and Racism in the former-Soviet Union
African-American experience in the USSR and Russia
Old Believers in the Russian Empire
University of Pennsylvania, 2020-2027
Ph.D. | History (M.A. awarded in 2022)
Fields: Soviet Union, Imperial Russia, African American History (post-1877), Race and Blackness (theoretical field)
Harvard University, 2012-2014
M.A. | Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia
Focus: History and Russian language
Swarthmore College, 2008-2012
B.A. | History
Adams State University, 2017-2019
Graduate-level courses in American history