RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP

My research agenda has two strands that converge in praxis, one that focuses on development theory, and another that focuses on pedagogy. I believe that if we think critically about development, then we are compelled to think differently about the manner and aims of our teaching. My primary research projects at this time are as follows:

From Self-Authorship to Self-Definition: Black feminist thought in neo-liberal times

At stake in this study is the daunting question of whether intellectuals of Color have contributed, and are continuing to contribute, to contemporary projects of adult development. I am seeking to disrupt and decolonize development theory by revisiting and rethinking intellectual genealogies, bringing to the center ‘theory in the flesh’ of people of Color, with an eye toward the ways this tradition should inform contemporary projects of human agency, specifically, the rites of passage into self-definition.

Taking up Space: The promise of radical subjectivity

When the presence of bodies of color are staged for educative purposes, they usher in disruption and possibility. How do educators of color determine our legitimacy, unseat colonizing scripts (whiteness in the classroom), all while retaining joy? These are fundamental questions to Black livelihood. Unpacking this conundrum and laborious task, this paper builds on the work of Brown, Carducci, and Kuby (2014) to explore the disruptive possibilities of radical subjectivity.