I am originally from Chicago. In my early twenties, I spent many years traveling through Latin America and Southern and West Africa, including a year as a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa. After I returned to the United States, I worked as a wilderness instructor for adjudicated youth and founded a non-profit organization that focused on dismantling mass incarceration. My research is in the religious and philosophical origins of the construct of race and anti-racist social movements against disproportionate policing and imprisonment. My first book, Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice, was published in June 2017. I continue to work in state prisons: I direct Warren Wilson’s partnership with a local women’s prison and coordinate a program in which Warren Wilson offers credit-bearing classes to incarcerated students. My spouse and I have three children and live in West Asheville.