My dissertation, “Red Lives: Grassroots Radicalism and Visionary Organizing in the American Century,” is a side-by-side social and intellectual biography of Claudia Jones, Emma Tenayuca, and Ah Quon McElrath, three working-class women who came-of-age during the Great Depression, and whose lifelong commitments to grassroots organizing and radical politics emerged from the Popular Front’s cross-class, multiracial coalitions and collective actions. “Red Lives” illuminates the unbroken history of both reactionary opposition to radical women’s activism and that activism’s perseverance and influence throughout twentieth-century America.
I am currently revising “Red Lives” for publication. I am also engaged in a research and strategic planning project for the Reflective Democracy Campaign (URL: https://wholeads.us/), which produces data and analysis on race and gender demographics in American electoral politics, social movements, and economic structures.
2021 Ph.D., American Studies, Yale University
“Red Lives: Grassroots Radicalism and Visionary Organizing in the American Century”
1997 MA, Women’s History, Sarah Lawrence College
2021- Research and Strategy Consultant, Reflective Democracy Campaign
2019-2022 Visiting Scholar, JFK Institute, Freie Universität
2016-2019 Visiting Scholar, University of York
2012-2015 Executive Director, New Haven Works
2007-2015 Lead Organizer, UNITE HERE international labor union
2007-2008 Visiting Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College
2001-2007 Ph.D. Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant, Yale University; staff organizer Graduate Employee and Student Union
1997-2001 Associate Director, Women’s History Program, Sarah Lawrence College
U.S. 20th century history
Histories of radicalism
After a fifteen-year career in the labor movement, I recently completed my doctoral degree in the American Studies Program at Yale University. As a union organizer, I led strikes and electoral campaigns alongside graduate teachers, hospitality workers, and community members in New York, Philadelphia, Vancouver, and other U.S. and Canadian cities, and was the founding Executive Director of New Haven Works (URL: http://newhavenworkspipeline.org/), a collaborative mission—between unions, city government, employers, and Yale University—that matches New Haven residents with local job opportunities.