Graduate Teaching Assistant
Christian is a graduate from Kennesaw State University where they earned their Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Slavic Studies. There, they traveled to Moscow and studied closely the history of the worker movements in Russia and in the United States. Following their graduation, Christian worked closely with the Service Employees International Union, leading a team of personal assistant representatives, furthering their interest in the field of labor. In Detroit, Christian has worked as a graduate student assistant for the Graduate Employees Organizing Committee, is currently the Vice President of GEOC, and has engaged with a variety of organizing spaces across the city. Their focus on Black American history is central to their activism, both in the workplace and in the community. At Wayne, they aim to use their experience at Kennesaw, in Moscow, in the community, and in the professional workplace to better understand the American labor movement and its connection to international spaces. During their time at Wayne, they have further focused their work into the history of Black American workers, art, socialism, and the American labor movement.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
African American History
History of Socialism
Christian focuses their research on the experiences of Black American socialists abroad, and the ways in which their art influenced international organizing spaces, and the ways in which they translated the political culture of those spaces back to America. Their specific focus is on the Jamaican American poet Claude McKay, and his sojourn in Europe.
EducationB.A., Kennesaw State University, 2018
Awards and grants
Michael D. Patterson Endowed Research Fund Private Scholarship, 2021
Charles F. Otis & Dr. Jeffrey L. Reider Scholarship in the History of Gender and Sexuality, 2023
Kruman-Lion Endowed History Graduate Student Award, 2023