As a scholar-activist, I have presented on the condition of Black women in activism and the academy. My scholarship contributes new perspectives in Black women’s history and the connections between gender, health and race by using Black feminist praxis to explore topics of wellness, intimacy and activism.
My dissertation, “Learning to Take the Excess Baggage Off”: An Ethnographic and Autoethnographic Study on Black Women’s Self-Care Practices, examines the ways that contemporary Black women in Milwaukee use activism as a form of self-care. It prioritizes the issue of self-care and the overall health of Black women as an integral part of the history and future of social activism.
I am finalizing two articles that stem from the dissertation. The first article examines my personal activist experiences as a way to understand the barriers and opportunities to creating communities of care within social justice movements. The second article analyzes generational lessons of self-care practices and how sister circles are a necessary intervention in creating sustainable practices.