History from below. To turn the world upside-down.
"You are all together, in the same boat, sailing on the same uncertain sea… "
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AS A HISTORIAN,
I document the ways people have seized control of their lives by carving out spaces of freedom within and against an unfree world. I specialize in the Caribbean region of Latin America in the early colonial period, with other interests ranging widely from Malian philosophy to the history of the future (especially the long 1970s) to the origin of space and time 13.8 billion years ago. I am especially interested in the extent to which common people have been able to make our own history, to make by and for our selves a world that is more democratic, more equal, and more free. I am currently completing a study of what the Black Panther Party called "revolutionary intercommunalism" in the context of the early Caribbean (1492–1795).
AS A TEACHER,
I share with my students the history of freedom, equality, and democracy, and I continue to grow as a teacher and human being by listening to them as they make sense of that new knowledge in their own way. I emphasize the connections that structured and continue to structure our world, empowering students to see and to think critically about the human relationships embodied in the objects and ideas around them. I highlight the great diversity of ways in which human beings have related to one another, cultivating a sense of history and refusing to forget that another world remains possible. I have completed comprehensive examinations in the teaching fields of Caribbean, Latin American, Atlantic, and World history, and I have also taught European and United States history.