I am Assistant Professor of Sociology in Social Theory and Inequality at Howard University in Washington, DC. My research is primarily in the broad field of “contentious politics” which brings together the study of protest movements, strikes, civil wars and revolutions. I am interested in understanding how oppressed people become conscious of the nature of the social systems that oppress them and choose to organize themselves to fight for their transformation or overthrow. I am also interested in understanding the conditions and strategies that account for the successes and failures of anti-systemic social movements.
My research interests are rooted in my own history of political activism which has focused largely, though not exclusively on fighting racism and white supremacy, opposing U.S. military interventions and foreign policy more generally, and resisting neo-liberalism domestically and internationally.