Reckonings Project Team

Co-Principal Investigators

Uta Poiger

Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities; Professor of History

Uta G. Poiger is Dean of the College of Social Science and Humanities and Professor of History at Northeastern University. With the college’s faculty, staff and students, she works to enhance the college’s and the university’s leadership in Experiential Liberal Arts.

Ángel David Nieves

Professor of Africana Studies, History, and Digital Humanities; Director of Public Humanities

Ángel David Nieves is Professor of Africana Studies, History, and Digital Humanities in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) at Northeastern University and is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of English and in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Kabria Baumgartner

Dean's Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies

Kabria Baumgartner is a historian of the nineteenth-century United States, specializing in the history of education, African American women’s and gender history, and the New England region.

Dan Cohen

Dean of Libraries; Vice Provost for Information Collaboration; Professor of History

Dan Cohen is the Vice Provost for Information Collaboration, Dean of the Libraries, and professor of history at Northeastern University. His work has focused on the impact of digital media and technology on all aspects of knowledge and learning, from the nature of libraries and their evolving resources, to twenty-first century research techniques and software tools, to the changing landscape of communication and publication.

Project Staff

Greg Lord

Assistant Director of Design & Program Manager

Greg Lord is a designer and developer with over 15 years of experience in digital humanities research and development. His previous experience includes the University of Maryland’s MITH (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities), Hamilton College’s Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), NASA, and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), having served in roles as a graphic/web designer, software engineer, 3D modeler, and virtual reality developer.

Dzidzor Azaglo

Program Coordinator & Community Archivist

Dzidzor (Jee-Jaw) is a Ghanian-American folklore, performing artist, author, and curator. Dzidzor’s style of call and response has combined traditional storytelling in Afro-folklore and Poetry Slam through a sonic experience. Dzidzor is moved by the responsibility to alarm the power/abundance in the midst of bodies while creating a practice of care and freedom through creativity. Dzidzor is the founder of Black Cotton Club and partners with Grubstreet, ICA Boston, and Boston Public Schools to teach creative empowerment workshops in Boston.

Current Co-Creators

Victoria Dey

Research Assistant, Ph.D. Student in History

Victoria earned her B.A. in French and International Relations from the University of Rochester in 2021 and began the World History doctoral program at Northeastern University the following semester. Victoria’s research interests include the intentional modern manipulations of French memory during times of conflict that continue to influence race relations , identity, and other aspects of French society.

Hunter Moskowitz

Research Assistant, Ph.D. Student in History

I am a doctoral student in World History at Northeastern with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. My research interests include examining how workers have resisted, shaped, and mediated colonialism. I hope to understand how power operates in eighteenth and nineteenth century communities through studying the intersection between race, labor, and gender.  I am also currently a research assistant at the Worker Institute at Cornell University working on projects involving the role of labor unions in creating climate change policy.

Alanna Prince

Research Assistant, Ph.D. Candidate in English

Alanna Prince is a PhD candidate in the university’s English department.  Her work focuses on late 20th and 21st-century Black literature and visual culture, with a particular emphasis on historical resonance, poetics, and gender/sexuality. She also has participated in several Digital Humanities projects on campus, including the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, where she acts as a Metadata and Acquisitions Lead.

Cassie Tanks

Research Assistant, Ph.D. Student in History

Cassie Tanks is a first year World History Ph.D. student at Northeastern University. During the course of her studies, Cassie aims to deepen her engagement with public facing historical and archival work, as well as explore the histories of the Cold War, paramilitarism, liberation, and veterans experiences. She is a research assistant for Dr. Angel David Nieves and his 3D spatial history publication, Apartheid Heritage(s), and Reckonings.


Savita Maharaj

Research Assistant, Ph.D. Student at Brandeis

Savita Maharaj is an English Ph.D. student at Brandeis University specializing in contemporary and eighteenth-century Caribbean history and literature, archival theory, critical histories of race and gender, decolonial methods, and postcolonial theory. She graduated from Northeastern University with a BA in English in May 2022.

Rose-Laura Meus

Research Assistant, B.A. Candidate, International Affairs and History

Rose-Laura Meus is currently a B.A. Candidate in International Affairs and History at Northeastern University who is also pursuing an M.A. in World History

Titilayo Odedele

Research Assistant, Sociology PhD Student

Titilayo Odedele is a graduate of Boston College, where she received her BA in Sociology, and Northeastern University, where she received her MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her research interests include the sociology of law, historical sociology, and the sociology of labor with a regional focus on the Black Atlantic.

Shavaun Sutton

Research Assistant, Sociology PhD Student

Shavaun Sutton is a second-year doctoral student. She holds a master’s in public health in Community Health Sciences from SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. She strives to promote equity via the analysis of nuanced narratives and lived experience. Seeking to amplify voices silenced by oppression and marginalization, Shavaun critically engaged with Black girl- and womanhood, state-sanctioned violence, and erasure as epistemic violence, particularly the erasure of Black narratives in white-majority spaces, through the lens of Black Feminist Thought.

Adam Tomasi

Research Assistant, Ph.D. Candidate in History

Adam Tomasi is a third-year PhD student specializing in the trans-Atlantic Left in the twentieth century, with a special focus on the underground press and intellectual history.

Vanessa Torres

Research Assistant, Ph.D. Student in History

Vanessa (She/Her/Ella) graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Chicana/o/x-Latina/o/x Studies with a double minor in Latin American Studies and Literary Journalism in 2021. She was a part of the approx. top 2% in the Social Sciences recognized with the Order of Merit Award, Caesar D. Sereseres Outstanding Service Award, and Outstanding Chicano/Latino Community Engagement Award for her academic excellence, leadership activities, service contributions, and original research.

Anastasja Abraham

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science

Ana is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in American Politics and Comparative Politics. She has a strong background and interest in nationalism, the politics of exclusion in the American far-right, and American political history. Ana has taught Comparative Politics twice as an instructor of record. She has also served as a Teaching Assistant for Modern Political Thought, U.S. Civil Liberties, and Holocaust and Comparative Genocide

Elijah Miller

Research Assistant, Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy

Elijah is a PhD student in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs with a concentration in Urban and Regional Policy. Elijah recently completed his MPA at Florida State University where his studies focused on civic engagement, community policing, and police reform. His studies now focus on the ‘Solidarity Economy’ and the potential that this alternative development framework has for improving the political and economic conditions of historically marginalized Americans.