I am a scholar-activist, a PhD candidate in History at New York University and an organizer on various projects across New York City. Originally from Berlin, Germany, I have called Washington Heights – Occupied Lenape Land – my home for nearly six years.
My research focuses on the intertwined histories of religion, socialism, sexuality, and settler colonialism in the long nineteenth century. My teaching builds on the principles of critical pedagogy to connect students with ongoing struggles in and around their communities, as a means of introducing them to the need and power of meticulous historical research rooted in community needs. My organizing builds on abolitionist, feminist, and third-world Marxist principles, connecting my research skills with various local organizing projects towards a vision of a world built around democratic, working-class communities of care struggling together for collective liberation.
I also have a cat. His name is Sheru.