My research focus is North American social and cultural history, including the history of borderlands and transculturation, Southern history, African American history, the history of race and ethnicity, and gender history.
My first book manuscript, “Massive Resistance and Southern Womanhood,” offers a gender, cultural and social history that examines the intersectional entanglements of white segregationist women’s activism in Massive Resistance during the 1950s and 1960s. It provides a comparative overview and analysis of women’s involvement in Massive Resistance, developing several typologies of female segregationist activists. By doing so, it takes into account factors such as class, age, religion, gender-specific self-conceptions and regional aspects to trace the differential points of emergence, forms of activism, self-understandings and media representations of segregationist women in Arkansas, Louisiana, and South Carolina.
Currently, I am working on my second book which analyzes the history of racialized taxonomies and codifications in connection to Western expansion in North American borderlands, entitled “Empires and Belonging: Mixed Race People(s) and Racial Codifications in North America.” This project explores processes of creolization, transcultural entanglements, and ambiguity in spatial and sociocultual terms. I analyze the history and (self-)representation of the doubled borderlands of people who defined themselves as “mixed race” or were thus classified and their everyday_subversive practices. In particular, I examine the 18th-20th century history of Genizaros and Mexicans of mestizo heritage in the (Territory of) New Mexico, and Métis in Montana and North Dakota.