My research is motivated by three interrelated questions: (1) How do we understand the relationship between racial/colonial domination 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, empire, and capitalism polarize democratic politics, shaping political identities transnationally?
Methodologically, I answer these questions by drawing from political theory, Black studies, Native and 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/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, tentatively titled Theorizing Racial Capitalism in the Era of Black Lives Matter.
By placing the Black Lives Matter movement’s (BLM) primary documents in dialogue with political theory, Black radical thought, and settler colonial studies, this project fashions a critical theory of racial capitalism. Specifically, I historicize contemporary neoliberalism within the longer arc of American capitalism’s entanglement with anti-Black racial domination and Indigenous dispossession. In so doing, I surface the qualitatively distinct ways capital extracts value and resources from Black and Indigenous populations, as opposed to normatively racialized (white) populations. This interdisciplinary project thus reveals how racial/colonial domination is 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.