Interdisciplinary scholar, historian, urbanist and economist
I am driven by a passion to ignite change.
I am an educator, a historian, an economist and urbanist all in one. For nearly 30 years, my unique interdisciplinary expertise and reach has connected millions of faculty, students, community leaders and politicians to engage in global conversations about democracy, capitalism, and digital markets. These connections and conversations have sparked movements. They have initiated change. They have motivated people to take action. And I am continually encouraged by the progress we've made.
Today, in addition to academic work, I am using my influence, expertise and connections to take action in supporting vulnerable communities. With support from strong relationship from academia and private sector partner alike, I focus on using historic preservation as a means of reinvesting in vulnerable communities. The goal: uplift communities by creating innovative ways to drive growth and opportunity, change policy, all while continually preserving their rich history and diversity of the area.
This virtual tour provides a lens into how the built environment may have been experienced by the enslaved people who lived and labored at the Gallier Historic House between its completion in 1860 and the end of the Civil War in 1865. In particular, the tour follows the day-to-day life of Laurette, ladies’ maid and nursemaid to the Gallier family.