Ione studies the United States and the Caribbean in the postemancipation 19th century. Her research interests include racial capitalism, migration, class politics in the revolutionary Atlantic world, and transnational radical movements. Before starting the PhD program Ione worked in public media, as an impact producer and educator for the PBS documentary series POV. At POV she helped bring film programming to schools, prisons, public libraries, and community organizations and produced educational resources for documentaries on a range of topics, including (to name a few): dark money in U.S. politics, the militarization of policing, Cuban migration, the Syrian war, tribal courts, Confederate monuments, and Japan’s sexual enslavement of “comfort women” during World War II. She received a B.A. from the University of Chicago, where professors and brilliant, dedicated graduate instructors sparked her interest in history.