My research, both in Jamaica and Tulsa, OK, has been centrally concerned with the question of reparations as a means of understanding the historical constitution, but also the future, of Blackness as a lived experience and political project. Through analyses of injury, violence, repair, debt, and community, my work advances radical and productive reparative frameworks. I am currently working on my third book project that serves as an explicit examination of these themes.
On the basis of my expertise, in 2021, I was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom to the State's Reparations Task Force, the first state-level reparations commission in the country. California Assembly Bill 3121 established the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States. The purpose of the Task Force is: (1) to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans; (2) to recommend appropriate ways to educate the California public of the task force's findings; and (3) to recommend appropriate remedies in consideration of the Task Force’s findings.