About Me

I received my PhD in History from the University of California, San Diego and MA in English from the University of Delaware. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Black Digital Research at Pennsylvania State University and will be an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine. My project, “A Freedom No Greater Than Bondage: Black Refugees and Unfree Labor at the Dawn of Mass Incarceration,” traces the lives of Black refugees and formerly enslaved people who experienced incarceration in the hands of the Union military (and thereby the federal government) during the Civil War and Reconstruction era. I am also a long-time member of the Colored Conventions Project (CCP), having created several digital exhibits that explore Black activism and politics. My publications on the Colored Conventions movement center Black women’s activism in the long nineteenth century.

DIgital projects


Mural Dedication Event, Oct. 28, ’22

On October 28, 2022, the Colored Conventions Project in collaboration with Mural Arts Philadelphia unveiled two murals at the Courtyard Apartments at Riverview in Southwark, Philadelphia. P. Gabrielle Foreman, Denise Burgher, and Brandi Locke spearheaded and coordinated this collaboration. I am so grateful and honored to be part of this process. I created an online…

Delaware Black History

In April 2021, Delaware passed HB 198, requiring each school district and charter school in Delaware to create and implement a K-12 curriculum on Black History. In collaboration with Delaware Historical Society, Denise Burgher and I will be conducting a workshop this October for DE teachers to provide them with primary sources, a lesson plan,…

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