I am Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. Previously, I earned a Ph.D. at Yale University and B.A. at Howard University. I am currently at work on a manuscript that uncovers free African Americans’ work to shape the meaning and content of citizen status in the decades that preceded the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment. More broadly, I have interests in race, the law, and the construction of freedom in the early United States. Here at the blog, I am interested in exploring the ideas within black politics and the ways that ideologies have shaped and emerged in activist work. I am curious about the relationships among vocal protest leaders and their constituencies. And I am drawn to questions about the concept of the intellectual and the nature of intellectual history.