About Me


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley where I specialize in African-American history, the history of American slavery, and women’s and gender history. I am the author of the book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, which was published in February of 2019 by Yale University Press.

In 2012, I earned my doctoral degree in African-American History from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. I completed my dissertation under the direction of Deborah Gray White, and in 2013, my dissertation won the Lerner-Scott Prize which is given annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history.

After graduation I began my career as an assistant professor jointly appointed in the departments of History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa. I spent the 2013-2014 academic year at Tulane University as the Newcomb College Institute’s Post-doctoral Fellow in Law and Society. And during the 2018-2019 academic year, I also held the prestigious Harrington Faculty Fellowship in the History Department at the University of Texas, Austin.

In addition to the wonderful post-doctoral fellowships I have held, I have also received prestigious fellowships from the Hellman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to support my new research.