My disciplinary background in African American Studies and Anthropology directly informs my research and pedagogy. I also credit my dissertation advisor and mentor Dr. Faye Harrison who introduced me to decolonizing anthropology as a doctoral student at the University of Florida; she has been an important figure through which I have come to understand Anthropology, Haitian scholarship, disaster studies, and narrative research.
In my research, I engage questions of how global and state institutions shape the livelihoods of the most marginalized populations in Haiti. I consider a critical approach to expose the underlying causes of the political economy of vulnerability. As a participant observer and ethnographer in Haiti, I found that not only is it important to study people at-risk, but one must look at the histories, disaster narrative experiences, and multi-scalar processes and structures to understand people’s experiences in social inequality.
As with my research in Haiti, my teaching is based on engaged anthropology and the tradition of social justice. In my courses, I teach by encouraging and facilitating my students’ growth in critical thought and active participation in learning about others. Imparting knowledge that allows my students to think and question serves as an invaluable benefit to their development as members of our global society.
For more details about my academic journey and work, please check out my CV.
Below are courses I have taught at the University of Florida.