Assistant Professor of Political Science, Coordinator, Global Studies Concentration, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
Dr. JNY’s expertise is in the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and democratic theory. Her research aims to extend the idea of abolition democracy theorized by W.E.B. Du Bois to include political and intellectual contributions made by black women during the era of Reconstruction in the mid to late nineteenth century. Her archival commitments to revisiting that early period of contemporary political thought, the primary democratization period in American political development, and the unique case of Philadelphia in rethinking the significance of Reconstruction for the discipline of political science place Dr. JNY’s scholarship prominently in the growing literature on the “Third Reconstruction,” both in the U.S. and global contexts.
She recently spearheaded the first successful grant application to HumanitiesDC for the DACOR Bacon House Foundation, kickstarting a new and ongoing curriculum project at UDC entitled “Global Archives in the District.”