M.A., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2017
B.A., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2013
My research focuses on the political economy of food and hunger in the Atlantic World in the era of slavery. In general, my work explores how these forces articulated—and contested—racial, imperial, and capitalist currents in the Caribbean, the U.S. South, and West Africa. In particular, I research the continuities and disjoints between African agricultural practices and slave provisioning—emphasizing the continual co-creations of diasporic agronomic understandings and Atlantic slave societies. My work also highlights how hunger shaped debates over empire, political economy, and slavery. Finally, I trace the transnational linkages among pro-slavery actors regarding food’s place in their rhetorical and practical responses to abolitionism.