I am Assistant Professor of History at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. I graduated with my PhD from Texas Christian University (2020) where I wrote my dissertation, "Civil Rights in the 'City of Hate:' Grassroots Organizing against Police Brutality in Dallas, Texas, 1935-1990." It examines the long black and brown freedom struggles and how police brutality prompted alliances between African Americans and Mexican Americans in the fight for social justice.
Oral history is at the center of my methodological approach to my research. I have worked for numerous oral history projects, including as a 2015 research assistant for the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, for which I also served as project manager from 2015 to 2018. I contributed to the project’s forthcoming publication of an edited anthology, entitled Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Oral Histories of the Multiracial Freedom Struggles in Texas, under contract with the University of Texas Press. My chapter is based on oral history and archival research and details the history of black and brown coalitions in the fight against police brutality in Dallas in the post-1965 era.
I am the recipient of the 2019 Sara Jackson Graduate Student Award from the Western History Association and the 2018 Mary M. Hughes Fellowship in Texas History from the Texas State Historical Association.