As a second year doctoral student studying African American and U.S. History and Film Studies, my research interests broadly include black silent film, censorship, and spaces of leisure in early twentieth century black Harlem.
I received by B.A. from the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College. My B.A. thesis focuses on the New York State’s censorship board’s treatment of Oscar Micheaux’s films in the 1920s. It explores the relationship Micheaux subsequently developed with the board and how he used that relationship to his advantage when submitted his films. Rather than acquiescing to the board’s censorship demands, Micheaux often proved capable of maintaining some provocative material within his films.