I am an Assistant Professor at the School of International Service at American University. Prior to that, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse. I received my PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley.
My research examines the livelihoods and lifestyles of men on the urban periphery with a focus on Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. My broad interests are in questions of race and belonging in Africa and the African diaspora, and how “Blackness” as a signifier – and in its intersection with gender, class, and national identity – illuminates our understanding of popular culture, postcoloniality and neoliberalism in the contemporary city. I employ qualitative methods: ethnography, interviews, and visual analysis, and theorize Black masculinity in racial capitalism from Africa and the diaspora broadly. This research has culminated in my book, A Man among other men: The long crisis of Black masculinity in racial capitalism, which is under contract with Cornell University Press.
For a take on some of the book’s theoretical ideas, read my Boston Review article, “Black masculinity under racial capitalism,” and my American Sociological Review (ASR) article, “Racial capitalism and the crisis of black masculinity.” My ASR article received the 2018 best article award from two American Sociological Association’s Sections: Race, Gender, and Class, and Global and Transnational Sociology. It received an honorable mention from the 2017 American Sociological Association’s Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.
Please also check out some of my recent media appearances: my discussion of Black masculinity and the wage earner ideal on the Big World Podcast at AU’s School of International Service, and a panel on the culture of poverty myth and anti-Blackness that I moderated for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Culture.