I joined the faculty at Yale in the African American Studies and Political Science departments in June 2012 after being on the faculty at the University of Virginia. I received my PhD in Government and Social Policy from the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality at Harvard University. My research aims to better understand the causes and consequences of racial inequality in the United States, how state policies and institutions shape political life and identity, and broad changes in the racial order. My recent work is concerned with the effects of increasing punishment and surveillance in America on democratic inclusion, particularly for black citizens. I am a resident fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, a regional leader of the Scholars Strategy Network, and a member of the Executive Session on Community Corrections at Harvard. I serve on the steering committee of the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, where I was once a fellow.
My research has been supported by fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Brookings Institution. I previously worked for the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. My vita is here though my recent scholarly endeavors can be found within these pages.