Doctoral Candidate

BA, Urban Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

MA, Sociology, University of Chicago 


After extended work in urban studies, my current dissertation project asks how health, (dis)ability, safety, and well-being shape political life and action. Operating from a Black and disabled feminist framework, inflected by queer of color thought, I seek to more fully bring the lived, corporeal bodymind into political and social movement theory. Ultimately, I am concerned with the survival and well-being strategies of those marginalized because of various “marked” identities. This concern for thriving at the margins builds on my previous work in Urban Sociology, which includes past projects on failed urban redevelopment as well as on the Community Land Trust movement’s low-income homeownership innovations. Overall, my previous work on urban social innovation, my current project on the body and activism, and my overarching research program are united by the following question: Especially among the socially and politically vulnerable, what can just flourishing look like?