Research Interests

comparative global movements, political economy of globalization, urban geography, africa, african diaspora, indian ocean world, intellectual history & geography, marxism, political theory, black radical tradition


I am a political geographer trained in urban studies, global political economy, African and African diaspora studies, social movements in Africa and the Americas, and political theory. My current research program includes a book manuscript examining the afterlife of apartheid geographies in the city of Durban, an intellectual history and geography of the city of Dar es Salaam, and a comparative study of post-2011 uprisings in Africa and the Americas.

Together with Willie Wright and Adam Bledsoe, I recently co-organized a two-day symposium in Baltimore, “(anti)Blackness in the American Metropolis,” with seed funding from the Human Geography and Urban Geography journals.


I received my BA from the Program in Literature at Duke University, and my PhD in Human Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  At UNC Chapel Hill, my transdisciplinary doctoral research brought together Geography, Cultural Studies, and African and African American Studies, and was funded by the Center for Global Initiatives and the Mellon foundation.