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. 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. As a 2018 Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow, I completed a first draft of my book manuscript, Story of a minor term: Racial capitalism and imaginaries of black masculinity from colonialism to crisis. I draw from my fieldwork to theorize black masculinity in racial capitalism from Africa and the (post)colonial condition, and how constructions of diaspora blackness produce global imaginaries.
I am delighted to announce my recent publication, “Branded,” in Boston Review‘s Racist Logic Forum. Here I explore the significance of black masculinity as an identity caught between aspiration and negation, an important premise for my book. Please contact me for an electronic copy!
For a fuller take on some of the book’s theoretical ideas, read my article, “Racial capitalism and the crisis of black masculinity” in American Sociological Review. It has 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.
And to hear me discuss one of my field sites, check out my video abstract for “Narratives of modernity, masculinity and citizenship amid crisis in Abidjan’s Sorbonne,” available in Antipode 46:3.