I hold a PhD in Cultural Studies from UC Davis, with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. I am currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow on the Plantationocene at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
My research addresses how power shapes agrarian environments, and in particular the political ecology of agrarian change in the Caribbean. In my work, I look at the emergence and contestation of radical agrarian politics through a socio-ecological lens. My current research combines ethnographic and historical approaches to agrarian transformation in Haiti, looking at formations of race, power, knowledge, and capital. My background more broadly is in postcolonial theory, Caribbean/Atlantic studies, and development studies. My research is both indebted to a long critical humanist tradition in Caribbean studies, and committed to a nascent project of decolonial political ecology in the post-plantation Americas.
I am currently transforming my dissertation, “Futures Otherwise: Radical Life on Haiti’s High Central Plateau,” into a book manuscript. In Counterplantation Futures, I examine the political ecology of agrarian life in Haiti’s central borderlands. The book draws primarily from ethnographic fieldwork conducted with the Mouvman Peyizan Papay (MPP, or Peasants’ Movement of Papaye) in central Haiti between 2013 and 2017 to analyze the political life and histories of militants in the movement. I address aspects of and key themes in my research here on this blog.