Research

I am a historian that studies race and crime in post-1945 American suburbs. Specifically I am interested in the shifting relationship between the state and a growing mass of suburban residents of color during the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s. My research also examines the effects of the carceral state, neoliberalism, and histories of American capitalism on American suburbs nationwide.

Additionally, I am interested in researching environmental/ecological urban histories, Black social movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Black conservatism during the 1980’s, urban renewal, gentrification, post-1970 labor history, and the history of the War on Crime/War on Drugs.

For a side project, I also research the history of Arab socialism and Pan-Arabism from 1950’s to the 1980’s. Currently I am writing a reflection piece on the history of the Iraqi Communist Party during Saddam Hussein’s regime.

As a working class scholar, my research is influenced by the material and social realities of my upbringing and everyday experiences. Thus, I try to examine the downtrodden, exploited, oppressed, and downplayed groups throughout American history. As an I attempt to bring light to the agency of these people, it is my hope that through research and public history, I can help push for radical change in our society today; in other words, I aim to be an activist-scholar.