My dissertation, “Birthing Imperial Citizens: Natal Politics in Martinique, 1830-1900,” supervised by Professor Laurent Dubois, explores the intersections of motherhood, (re)production, and citizenship in nineteenth-century Martinique. I maintain a secondary research focus on gender and incarceration in the nineteenth-century British Caribbean. A recent archival encounter with a formerly enslaved Virginian woman and her children has led me to embark on a third project exploring a complex legal dispute between two families, one black and one white, during Reconstruction. Broadly, I am interested in questions of slavery, race, gender, citizenship, and feminist approaches to the study of political economy in the Atlantic World.
My work has taken me to archives big and small in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. The bulk of my research centers on materials housed at the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer in Aix-en-Provence and the Archives Départementales de la Martinique in Fort-de-France. In addition, I have research experience at the Saint Lucia National Archives, the British National Archives, the John Carter Brown Library, the Biblioteque National, the Archives de la France, the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.