Current Research

Generally, I’m interested in and consistently curious about both structural and spatial inequalities and the everyday ways Black people navigated and resist them. I’m drawn to questions about how Black people interact with and produce space. Wherever those questions are, there you might find me, too.  Specifically, my research has largely taken place in urban U.S. contexts and engages themes of food, power, health, and race.

My current research focuses on unequal food access and the food geographies residents create as they navigate these inequalities. I’m working on a book manuscript based on ethnographic research conducted in Washington, D.C.  The book examines the paradoxes that emerge when Black neighborhoods are considered “empty” because they do not have supermarkets while at the same time, residents make ways out of no way.  I place this “emptiness” in historical context, exploring race and racism in the structure of food access while also exploring the question, how do residents navigate this “emptiness” socially, culturally, and geographically? I would tell you more, but I want you to buy and read the book (emphasis on buy). More updates when it moves closer to publication.

Some reflections on my current work are featured in an essay in Gravy, which you can read here. I also have a forthcoming article in Antipode entitled, “‘We Will Not Perish; We’re Going to Keep Flourishing’: Race, Food Access, and Geographies of Self-Reliance.” Other articles are in the works along with the book manuscript. You’ll just have to patiently await them.

In addition to this work, I have collaborated on a project about diabetes care and management, focusing on differences in experiences among aging Black and white residents in Baltimore, Maryland. You can read more about that work here and here.