I am a first year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. In 2018, I earned a Master of Public Health from The George Washington University with a focus on global health. Before that, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where I worked on two undergraduate research projects.
In the past, my research has broadly focused on biomedicine and public health and their intersections with race and place. More currently I have become interested in connecting the experiences of Black intellectuals with colonial legacies of racism and racial violence. At Rice, I plan to engage both of these broad themes.
For my dissertation project, I will study African American medical students and their experiences as underrepresented minorities in American medical schools. Specifically, I will investigate how those students experience professionalization and identity formation in a scientific field historically associated with violence against the Black body.