Research

My research is motivated by the desire to rethink our contemporary understandings of international rights orders from the perspective of those who have conventionally been excluded from intellectual histories of citizenship and international institutions.

My current book project, A Tale of Two Republics: Race, Rights and Revolution in France and the United States, 1919-1963, charts the collaborations of African American and francophone black intellectuals and activists as they grappled with questions of race, gender and national belonging and access to rights across the Atlantic in the period between 1919 and 1963. Connecting the independent archives of black activist organisations within the United States and France with those of international institutions such as the League of Nations, the United Nations, UNESCO and the Comintern, my book offers a new way of incorporating and understanding key black American and Francophone intellectuals in that history.