At its most expansive, my work asks how logistics of colonial power are made material: in social forms, in historiographies of Ottoman and post-Ottoman worlds, in proletarianization of Africans in the Ottoman Empire, in mapping geographies of African-descended populations in contemporary Turkey and in the landscapes in which we live.
My work on community relationships to agricultural labor which tell time, figure relationships between so called Middle-Eastern and so called Western scientific discourse, mark indigenous epistemologies and trace how we can use this knowledge to challenge prevailing notions of blackness and ultimately theorize what I term a "black bios" is in progress.
My dissertation investigates how the manumission of enslaved Africans in Northern Africa at the end of the 19th century and their subsequent relocation into Southwestern Anatolia for the express purpose of land cultivation-- all within the context of their "freedom"-- served as a driver for "black" identity formation in contemporary Turkey. I argue that these logistics provide a scaffolding for contextualizing the kinds of conditions that have made "black"Aegean, rural, living, livelihood, and survival (im)possible in contemporary Turkey.
Before joining Cornell, I obtained my B.A. in comparative literature from Dartmouth College
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