My research is motivated by three interrelated questions: (1) How do we understand the relationship between racial domination, colonialism, and political economy? (2) What forms of knowledge do racialized and colonized groups produce to conceptualize and contest this relationship? (3) How do the connections between race-making, colonialism, and capitalism polarize democratic politics, shaping political identities transnationally?
Methodologically, I answer these questions by drawing from political theory, Black radical thought, decolonial theory, Indigenous studies, and the conceptual insights generated by emancipatory resistance movements. I am thus interested not only in the co-configuration of political economy and racial and colonial domination at particular historical junctures, but also how shifting democratic horizons characterize collective struggles against such interlinked domination.
I am currently working on a book manuscript based on my dissertation.
My dissertation, Thinking with Black Lives Matter: Towards a Critical Theory of Racial Capitalism, combines insights from the Black Lives Matter movement’s (BLM) primary documents with critical political theory, Black Studies, and settler colonial studies to fashion a theory of racial capitalism. In doing so, I intervene in political theory critiques of neoliberalism that separate anti-Black racism and settler colonialism from the workings of capitalism. Specifically, I historicize contemporary neoliberalism within the longer arc of American capitalism’s entanglement with anti-Black racial domination and Indigenous dispossession, surfacing the qualitatively distinct ways capital extracts value and resources from Black and Indigenous populations. My interdisciplinary project thus reveals how colonial and racial domination are anchored to and productive of American capitalism. In turn, following BLM, I point to the necessity of connecting, rather than separating, anti-racist, anti-colonial, and egalitarian class politics.