Michael Casiano

American Studies

University of Maryland

Michael Casiano is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His dissertation project, Broke: Finance and Race in Baltimore City, analyzes the relationship between the law, race, and public and private capital as it manifests in home lending practices, alternative financial institutions, and multi-issue labor organizing. Specifically, his dissertation charts the political economic dimensions of foreclosure and contextualizes them within a broader national framework to explore how debt-issuing institutions persist in communities of color, particularly East Baltimore.