It’s been sixty years since the Supreme Court ended segregation in education, since Rosa Parks stayed in her seat on a bus, since the teenagers of Clinton fought for the right to go to school in their town rather than being sent forty-five minutes away. The intervening years have shown us that racism and inequality are woven too deeply into American society to be excised by a court order or dismantled by an act of Congress. I believe my work is a form of social justice, a means of addressing the wrongs of the past so as to offer hope for the future.
I have a Ph.D. in women’s and gender history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I have published essays with The Atlantic online, CityLab, Bitter Southerner, Narratively, The Kernel by the Daily Dot, Graze, The Inquisitive Eater, O Say Can You See? Stories from the National Museum of American History and Southern Rambles. In “How Hot Chicken Really Happened,” I used the sudden popularity of hot chicken in white Nashville to explore the history of race, development and gentrification in the city. It was included in Cornbread Nation 2015: The Best of Southern Food Writing. I am also an oral historian and independent researcher/scholar.