Crystal is a native of Ypsilanti, MI and is currently a Dual Major PhD candidate in African American & African Studies and Sociology at Michigan State University. Her interdisciplinary research is concerned with issues of consciousness, culture and identity in micro-mobilization processes among members of the African Diaspora. The grounding posture assumes politicized, diaspora consciousness and emergent cultural products to be the foundation of African descendants’ struggles for liberation from systems of domination connected to the capitalist world-economy. She is especially interested in these manifestations within late 18th and early 19th century enslaved people’s rebellions. Crystal’s dissertation focuses on the influence of African-inspired sacred rituals on oppositional consciousness and patterns of escape from enslavement before the Haitian Revolution. Content analysis of digitally archived runaway slave advertisements facilitate this research, and allow her to ask questions about the role of race and ethnicity, gender, social ties, and forms of human and social capital used in runaways’ attempts to liberate themselves. Her research has been funded with a National Science Foundation Sociology DDRI and a John Cater Brown Library Fellowship. She has conducted research at the national archives of France in Paris and Aix-en-Provence, the University of Florida at Gainesville, the Schomburg Center, as well as in Cap-Haïtien, Port-au-Prince, and Jacmel, Haiti. She’s presented her work at national and international forums, such as the Notre Dame Center for the Study of Social Movements Young Scholars Conference; the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora Biennial Conference; and the International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology.