Beyond academic philosophy, I am involved in several online and community projects that enable me to translate my scholarship for different audiences.
As a volunteer editor at Scalawag Magazine, I work with writers to deepen their thinking and sharpen their expression, and I help facilitate community dialogue and public events. Since launching in 2015, Scalawag has become a unique publication for long-form journalism, essays, and artistic pieces focused on the politics and culture of the southern United States. Through this project, I get to work closely with a diverse array of creative individuals. The team-based nature of the editorial board lets me collaborate in ways that are all too rare within academia. Two of my favorite pieces are here and here.
The Carceral Studies Network is an online hub for sharing resources related to teaching and learning about, or in, prison. Working with Jessica Namakkal and Brian Norberg at Duke, I helped design and administer the site as the final component of our “Humanities Writ Large: Mass Incarceration” project. As co-facilitator of that project, I helped organize a public lecture series, pedagogy discussions, and undergraduate workshops with visiting scholars and formerly incarcerated persons.
Finally, as a fellow in the Language, Arts, and Media Program (LAMP) faculty learning community, I help evaluate best practices for college and university teaching. I contribute to the LAMP blog, and I have developed some of this work into a journal article on the difficulties of teaching about entrenched injustices, such as racism and sexism.