Professional and Biographical Information


My broad interdisciplinary research interests include sexuality, women's and gender studies, African American studies, and cultural studies.

Fellowships & Awards

Invited Distinguished Scholar in Residence of the Black Feminist Theory Project, Brown University, Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women, 2017-2018

American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship, 2017-2018

Mellon Foundation's Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, 2017

Duke University Mellon Mays Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) Scholar, 2015-2017

Robert E. Keiter 1957 Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, Amherst College, Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, 2012-2014

Five College Dissertation Fellowship, Amherst College, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, 2011-2012.

Dissertation Fellowship, Middle Tennessee State University, English Department, 2010-2011.

Mellon Faculty Seminar, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, 2012

Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2011

Image of Research Competition, (Finalist), University of Illinois-Chicago, 2011

Abraham Lincoln Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2008

Grace Holt Memorial Award, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2008

School of Criticism & Theory Residency Award, Cornell University, 2006

Diversifying Faculty in Higher Education Fellowship, Illinois Board of Education, 2004


I teach a wide range of courses in the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies (SWAGS) Department that explore a mosaic of African American literature, art, music, and film.  My SWAGS “Black Women’s Narratives and Counter-narratives” critical and creative visual essay assignment is featured in the February 5, 2014 issue of the New York Times. Black Women's Narratives is also listed in the June 2016 issue of Elle magazine as one of the “63 College Classes That Give Us Hope for the Next Generation.”