The topic of squatting — living in or using a dwelling without the owner’s permission — often elicits condemnation from the well-housed, confusion or fear from those who consider modern civilized life to revolve around a stable and secure home, and a general attitude that only dirty hippies would resort to essentially living illegally and… Read more →
I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University at Buffalo. My field of specialization is modern British history, and my dissertation is on late-20th century English working-class radical direct action, including squatting, claiming welfare benefits, providing refuges for battered wives, and defending black and Asian communities against racist attacks. My scholarly pursuits grew out of and are influenced by my volunteer experiences with homeless people, food justice, prison abolition, and at-risk youth. I am a native of Minot, ND, but I earned an A.A. (2007) and B.A. (2012) in Colorado Springs, CO before moving to Buffalo in 2012.