Chad is a third year Ph.D. candidate studying the evolution of black political thought in nineteenth century Trinidad. His research explores the negotiations between black political actors and the imperial British state. Of principal concern are demands for protection from tyranny, local infrastructure projects, legalism, liberalism, social uplift and community organization in relation to the violence and oppression of the colonial state. His research looks at important public figures of African descent and explores the perceived line between subjecthood and racial belonging.
He received his bachelor's degree in French from Bowdoin College in 2012 with a minor in history. He explored French colonization, literature and language during the course of his education, as well as passing an academic year in Nantes, France. His research is supported by Professors Jane Landers and Richard Blackett.