I am project manager for digital initiatives in the Office of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association. Prior to working at the MLA, I was a Council on Library Information and Resources Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University in the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.
I am a member of the Journal for Interactive Technology & Pedagogy editorial collective. I am also copyeditor for Lateral. In addition to my work in digital scholarship, digital publications, and scholarly communication, I research networks of Black internationalist and antifascist writers in the 1930s.
Recent publications include a Little-Known Documents contribution to PMLA, co-authored with Evelyn Scaramella, “Four Poems from Langston Hughes’s Spanish Civil War Verse” (2019); a chapter on Thyra Edwards’s Spanish Civil War scrapbook in To Turn this Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism (ed. Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. Gill, University of Illinois Press, 2019); an essay in Palimpsest (2020) on Hermina Huiswoud’s remembrance of Thyra Edwards in Huiswoud’s unpublished project Women I Have Known Personally; and the chapter “Black Atlantic Networks in the Archives and the Limits of Finding Aids as Data,” in The Digital Black Atlantic (ed. Roopika Risam and Kelly Baker Josephs, University of Minnesota Press, 2021).
I completed a PhD in English with a certificate in American Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. During graduate school, I edited a volume of previously unpublished correspondence and poems, Langston Hughes, Nancy Cunard, and Louise Thompson: Poetry, Politics, and Friendship in the Spanish Civil War (Lost & Found CUNY Poetics Documents, 2012). My article on Nancy Cunard’s Spanish Civil War scrapbook appeared in the Massachusetts Review (2014). “‘A Black Man Replies’: Claude McKay’s Challenge to the British Left” (2016) was published in Lateral. My contribution to Modernism/modernity‘s “Out of the Archive” section appears on the PrintPlus platform: short stories by the Bengali writer S.N. Ghose, which were published in London by Sylvia Pankhurst in the 1920s.
My book project will analyze the ways African American authors of poetry, journalism, pamphlets, performance, art, and memoir connected the war against fascism in Spain with the struggles and interests of African Americans. The study focuses on an intersecting cast of characters, with Langston Hughes, Thyra Edwards, and Louise Thompson at the center, and focuses on the ways Black women participated, represented themselves, and were represented in various cultural texts from the Spanish Civil War.