Biography

I ask, how do we come to care about others, and how does this care have material impacts? Beginning with the co-emergence of notions of race, geography, and outbreak stories post-1492 and continuing into the present, I examine the political productiveness of discursively constructed difference through disease narratives.

I am a geographer by training. I focus on the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the unfolding of international health and development projects in Haiti over the past 100 years. I am interested in exploring the racialized discourses that have undergirded US interventionism as well as the social and political responses to these interventions from within Haiti. At the heart of my research is an exploration of the role and accessibility of health citizenship.

My dissertation research explored health citizenship beyond the nation-state. First, in examining the U.S. Occupation of Haiti from 1915-1934, and then moving to post-earthquake (Jan 12, 2010) Haiti, I examined the ways in which Haitian health citizenship has been transnationalized and continuously disrupted through health and development interventions (often militarized in implementation). At root of this project is a reading of how the political subjectivities of Haitians is understood through the lens of the United States government (by the military, State Department, USAID, and Homeland Security) and how this reading impacts Haitians’ claims to rights – political, economic, and social.

I have two current research projects going. The first  is an examination of the impacts of the cholera epidemic in Haiti, both as a catalyst for highlighting the need for a recognized cosmpolitical subjectivty as well as its reflection of centuries-old racialized outbreak narratives and imaginative geographies.

The second is a book project, tentatively titled Monstrous Microbes: Geography, Race and Disease Narratives, in which I examine the co-emergence of new geographies, race and racism, and disease and outbreak narratives during the early years of global exploration, and the hauntings of these onto-epistemologies for marking the boundaries of ‘humanity’ and by extension, citizenship.

Academic Positions

  • Present2016

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Geography, Dartmouth College

  • Present2016

    Affiliate

    Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (LALACS), Dartmouth College

  • Present2016

    Affiliate

    The John Sloane Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

  • Present2015

    Steering Committee

    Gender Research Institute (GRID), Dartmouth College

  • 20162014

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Department of Geography, Dartmouth College

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2014

    Doctorate of Philosophy in Geography

    University of Washington

  • M.A. 2009

    Master of Arts in Geography

    University of Washington

  • B.A. 2007

    Bachelor of Arts in Comparative History of Ideas (CHID)

    University of Washington

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2015
    Faculty Travel and Research Grant. Awarded through the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College
  • 2015
    Research Stipend. Awarded through the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth College
  • 2015
    Faculty Honorarium for research. Awarded through the Institute of Writing and Rhetoric, Dartmouth College
  • 2013
    Presidential Graduate Fellowship, dissertation writing award. Awarded through the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program, University of Washington
  • 2012
    Travel Grant Award, Graduate and Professional Student Senate University of Washington
  • 2012
    Howard Martin Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Geography, University of Washington
  • 2012
    Distinguished Teaching Award for Teaching Assistants
    Department of Geography, University of Washington.
  • 2012
    Faculty Appreciation awardee, Mu Chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority
    University of Washington
  • 2010
    Association of American Geographers (AAG) – National Science Foundation (NSF) Travel Award to Center for Global Geography Education (CGGE) workshop, “Expanding U.S.- Asia Collaborations in Geography Education” in Singapore
  • 2009
    Edward L. Ullman Masters Student Award for Outstanding Scholarly Performance and Significant Contributions to the Department
    Awarded at Department of Geography Commencement Ceremonies by Katharyne Mitchell, Professor and Chair.
  • 2008
    Association of American Geographers (AAG)-National Science Foundation (NSF) Travel Award to attend the 2008 International Geographical Union (IGU) Congress in Tunis, Tunisia
  • 2007
    Presidential Graduate Fellowship. Awarded through the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program, University of Washington.