I am a historian and archaeologist who writes and teaches about how maritime and historical archaeology can connect to and improve peoples' lived realities today. As a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at Texas A&M University, I study how how and why Atlantic maritime activity was intensified by European colonization and how Indigenous communities resisted the overlapping global processes of racialization and labor exploitation.
I'm a researcher, project manager, and educator with nine years of experience in settings spanning higher education, museums, architecture, conservation laboratories, and field archaeology. In addition to my dissertation fieldwork in Liberia, I also manage four other research projects with international teams of stakeholders, scholars, and funders. I hold an M.A. in Public History from Duquesne University and a B.A. in History. I'm also a PADI-certified rescue diver with over 75 working dives.
Through several projects in historical research, archaeological fieldwork, outreach, writing, and speaking, I share African maritime histories with the goal of advocating for diverse and inclusive historical education and promoting a more informed global community.