My story

Thank you for visiting my website, where you can learn about me, my scholarly work, and how to invite me to your campus or community.

My background

I am currently an Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  previously, I was Assistant Professor of Honors at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.  I am a proud native of Chicago, Illinois, and I'm an even prouder graduate of the following schools: St. Ignatius College Prep, the University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A. Journalism/Religious Studies), and Brown University (A.M. and Ph.D., American Civilization).

My research and teaching

I am a historian of black girls and girlhood during the Great Migration.  My first book South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration was published by Duke University Press in 2015.  I am currently writing a book about race and fast food. 

I teach courses on African American history, food studies, and women's activism.

My passions and pride

In addition to being a scholar, I enjoy speaking to and teaching communities about a variety of topics, especially how to talk about race and social justice.  In August 2014, i encouraged educators to talk about the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri via the twitter hashtag #fergusonsyllabus.  I have volunteered with Girl Scouts, the YWCA, and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

I am a proud Harry S. Truman scholar, Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the U.S. American Fellow, Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life Amethyst Award recipient, French American Foundation Young Leader,  and a recipient of Georgetown University's  Dorothy M. Brown Teaching Award, the Edward Bunn, S.J. Award for Faculty Excellence, and the College Academic Council's Faculty Award.

My podcasting

I love podcasts, and in 2016, I launched Office Hours: A Podcast, where I talk to students about the things we don't talk about in class.  Find it on acast, soundcloud or itunes!

I am currently on hiatus from Office Hours, and I'm a co-host for the newest arc of Undisclosed Podcast.  Tune in here.