LATEST PUBLICATIONS "Transnational Intersectionality and Ugandan Domestic Work: The Production of Ugandan Intersectional Racialized and Gendered Domestic Worker Regimes" International Sociology ; "Domestic Workers of the World Unite! A Global Movement for Dignity and Human Rights, by Jennifer Fish" Gender & Society; "Never a 'More Convenient Season:' Reckoning with Rape Culture Now" Scalawag.
FORTHCOMING "A Global Critical Race and Racism Framework: Racial Entanglements and Deep and Malleable Whiteness" Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Sociology. I received my Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University in December 2011. My research focuses on structural racism, global political economy, and precarious labor. I have published in the Annual Review of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Global Networks, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Tourism Geographies, GeoJournal, International Sociology, in several edited books, and in a series of Working Papers. I have also conducted studies for the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In 2008-2009 I was a Visiting Researcher at the Social Research Institute at the University of Costa Rica where I conducted field research for my dissertation on racial stratification in the tourism industry. From 2010-2013, I was a tourism sector team leader and coordinator for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded research project Capturing the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Production Networks. For the project, I conducted field research in Kenya and Uganda and oversaw data collection in South Africa, China, India, and Indonesia. In fall 2012, I helped organize and participate in the Capturing the Gains African research stakeholder meeting in Nairobi, Kenya and the Global Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. Summer 2014, I began conducting research on the working conditions and racial and gender contours to domestic work in four regions of Uganda and in 2017 I received grant funding from the American Sociological Association's Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline to continue research in Uganda applying a racialized global care chain analysis. To advance my research on race and racism in a global perspective, I'm working on a Global Critical Race and Racism (GCRR) framework that is applicable across all geographies and centers a multi-level and relational approach to racism and global white supremacy. Locally in Knoxville, TN I am involved in several research projects and co-founded with Dr. Jioni Lewis the Critical Race Collective Community of Scholars at the University of Tennessee. One local project involves researching precarious forms of labor in East Tennessee. I am also part of a longitudinal research project that is gathering data on racial experiences on campus. Lastly, I am part of a faculty team training Knox County public school employees about cultural competency around racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, disability, gender identity and implicit bias. My research, teaching, service, and activism are anchored in social justice and a belief in an anti-racist, feminist, transformative praxis.
IN THE MEDIA "Dozens of hate-fueled attacks reported at Walmart stores nationwide" Univision; "Dialogue: Systemic Racism" WUOT 91.9