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For the past several years, I have taught a range of courses in the fields of United States History, African American History, African Diaspora Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. My approach to teaching is deeply informed by my scholarly work. My courses engage multiple disciplines, fields of study, methodologies, and analytical frameworks; interrogate how race and ethnicity intersect with other categories including gender, class, and nationality; and emphasize the centrality of the African Diaspora.

At Princeton University, I was a Preceptor in the Department of American Studies. As a part-time instructor in the Department of History at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), I taught courses on African American History since 1865 and African American Women’s History, and developed a new introductory course on Civil Rights and Black Power. In addition, I have taught several summer courses for high school students in the Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), Community House (CH), and the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute.

At the University of Iowa, I taught a range of courses in the Department of History including a graduate course on 20th c. Black Internationalism and an undergraduate course on Race and Politics in U.S. History. At the University of Pittsburgh, I offer undergraduate and graduate courses in African American History and African Diaspora History. Please note that I am not teaching courses in Fall 2017.

Spring 2018 Course Offering:

HIST 100/Introductory Seminar: The Civil Rights Movement

One of the most celebrated periods of U.S. history, the Civil Rights Movement has been the subject of countless books, memoirs, and films. These narratives, however, have privileged certain individuals and interpretations over others. This course challenges some of the myths, misrepresentations, and omissions in mainstream representations of the movement. While we will examine the significant contributions of key figures such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X, the course will also uncover many of the lesser-known individuals who confronted racial discrimination and fought to secure civil and human rights for black people in the United States. Beginning in the 1940s and moving through the 1970s, the course explores several key areas of inquiry including the role of religion, gender, class and sexuality in shaping the movement; the significance of international historical developments; the growth of freedom struggles in the urban North; and the use of armed resistance in the movement.

Sample Readings

  • Juan Williams, Eyes on the Prize, America’s Civil Rights Years: 1954-1965 (Reprint Edition, Penguin, 2013)
  • Melba Patillo Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High (Washington Square Press, 1995)