EDUCATION

Ph.D.   University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM), Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, 2021

           

M.A.    California State University (CSU), Dominguez Hills, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2011

M.Ed.  University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, 2007                 

                                    

B.A.     California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2006

            Majors: Language and Linguistics and Public Administration

 

Certifications 

2021   Women’s and Gender Studies, UWM

2011   Conflict Analysis and Resolution, CSU, Dominguez Hills 

2011   Rhetoric and Composition, CSU, Dominguez Hills

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of NC-Charlotte (2020-2021)

Associate Lecturer. Race, Gender, and Social Movements

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, UWM (2017)

Associate Lecturer. Black Feminisms: Black Women as Laborers, Leaders, and Lovers 

 

Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, UWM (2011-2018)

Instructor. Black Reality: Survey of African-American Society 

Teaching Assistant. Introduction to African American History, 1865 to the Present 

Instructor. Survey of African American Literature (Online)

Instructor. The Black Woman in America, Africa, and the Caribbean (Online)

 

Department of Africana Studies, CSU-Dominguez Hills (2009-2011)

Teaching Assistant. Introduction to Africana Studies 

PUBLICATIONS

Book Reviews: 

Review of Making all Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the 21st Century by Barbara Ransby, (University of California Press, 2018) in Resources for Gender and Women's Studies: A Feminist Review, vol. 41, nos. 1-2, Winter-Spring 2020, pp. 11-12.

 

Review of Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century by Lorretta J. Ross and Rickie Solinger, (University of California Press, 2017) in Resources for Gender and Women's Studies: A Feminist Review, vol. 39, nos. 3-4, Summer-Fall 2018, pp. 29-30.

Public Scholarship: 

2020   “To the White LGBTQ Community: Your (Racist) Slip is Showing,” Colorlines, June 29, 2020

2020   ‘The Joy of Being: Notes on the Academy From a Black Woman,” The Faculty Publication, June 12, 2020

2020   “MamaHood and Community Healing: A Q&A w/ Ruth Jeannoel,” MomsRising.org, May 28, 2020

2020   “The Pleasure Gospel of Jill Scott and Erykah Badu,” Medium, May 27, 2020

2020   “Everyone Loves Someone Who Had an Abortion: The Ms. Q&A with Eveline Shen and Yamani Hernandez,” Ms. Magazine,            January 27, 2020 

2019   “Black Friday: A Special Rite of Passage with My Black Family,” The Root, November 29, 2019

2019   “We Dream a World: Black and Queer in Milwaukee,” The Root, June 27, 2019

2016   “Milwaukee Officials: Black Youth, Single Mothers Are Not Responsible for Systemic Failures-You Are,” Rewire.News,

           August 17, 2016

2016   “Auntie Conversations: Black Women Talk Sex, Self-Care, and Illness,” Rewire.News, July 12, 2016

2016   “‘Overworked and Underpaid’: On Organizing, Black Womanhood, and Self-Care," Rewire.News, April 15, 2016

2015   “Journey to Me: How I Came Out to Myself and Embraced All of Me,” For Harriet, July 3, 2015

2015   “And Let Your Dreams Save You,” This Bridge Called Our Health, June 3, 2015

 

In Progress: 

“The Making of a Black Feminist: Self-Care, Activism, and Academe”

INVITED LECTURES

 

2019   "'To Touch and To Unify:’ What Toni Cade Bambara Taught Us,” The Women’s Research and Resource Center, Toni Cade

           Bambara Scholar-Activism Conference, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia 

2019   "#InterviewBlackWomen: Stories and Lessons by Black Women Activists,” The Women’s Center, DePaul University,

            Chicago, Illinois 

2016   "Calling In, Calling Out and Loving Fiercely: The Community Making of Toni Cade Bambara,” Toni Cade Bambara

           Scholars/Writers/Activists Program, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

INTERNATIONAL

Panels Co-Organized:

2016   "Building Transnational Alliances across the Intersections of Black Feminist, Queer, and Immigrant Movements to

            Transcend Borders,” Association of Women’s Rights in Development, Black Feminisms Forum, Bahia, Brazil 

NATIONAL

Panels Co-Organized: 

2020   "Black Feminist Epistemology, Research and Field Work,” (Panel session canceled) National Council for Black Studies,    

           Fields and Functions of Africana Studies: Mapping Terrains of Research, Teaching, and Resistance, Atlanta, Georgia  

2018   "Envisioning Our Collective Feminist Futures: Black Feminism, Mothers, Activists and Girls,” National Women’s Studies

           Association, Just Imagine. Imagining Justice: Feminist Visions of Freedom, Dream Making and the Radical Politics of

           Futures, Atlanta, Georgia 

2015   "Reproductive Justice and You: Campus and Community Battle the Precarity of Women’s Personhood,” National Women's

           Studies Association, Precarity, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Papers Presented:

2020   "Black Women’s Activism: Popularity and Possibilities of Self-Care,” University of North Carolina, Africana Studies

            Department and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program Symposium, Imagining Futures: Black Girls and Women at

            the Intersections, Charlotte, North Carolina (Conference canceled) 

2020   "Making the Revolution Irresistible and Sustainable: Autoethnography and Activism,” (Panel session canceled) National

           Council for Black Studies, Fields and Functions of Africana Studies: Mapping Terrains of Research, Teaching and    

           Resistance, Atlanta, Georgia 

2019   "To Purge the Poison: Black Feminist Revolutionary Rage as Healing Praxis,” National Women’s Studies Association,

           Protest, Justice, and Transnational Organizing, San Francisco, California 

2018   "Self-Care is Resistance: Black Women Activists as Radical Imaginaries,” National Women’s Studies Association, Just

           Imagine. Imagining Justice: Feminist Visions of Freedom, Dream Making and the Radical Politics of Futures

           Atlanta Georgia 

2018   "Every day is War: Black Women Activists Choose Resistance and Care,” Association for the Study of African American

           Life and History, African Americans in Times of War, Indianapolis, Indiana  

2018   "Black Women in Defense of their Wellness: Activism and Community,” Black Women for Wellness, Power Forward

           Conference, Los Angeles, California 

2016   "Voicing Pain, Voicing Resistance: The Media Making of the Third World Women’s Alliance,” National Council for Black

           Studies, Charlotte, North Carolina  

2015   "A Mandate for Reproductive Justice Leaders on Campus,” National Women’s Studies Association, Precarity, Milwaukee,

           Wisconsin 

2014   "Black Women’s Activism: A Space of Their Own,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History,

           Memphis, Tennessee 

 

Moderator:

2019   "#ArchiveBlackWomen: Preservation and Access to Black Women’s Stories,” National Women’s Studies Association.    

           Protest, Justice, and Transnational Organizing, San Francisco, California

2018   "Building a Movement through Pleasure and Healing,” Civil Liberties and Public Policy, 32nd Annual Conference, From

           Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, Amherst, Massachusetts 

2016   "Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors,” Distinguished Lecture Series at UWM, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

SERVICE

 

University Service

2018               Black Feminist Symposium Planning Committee, UWM, Women’s Resource Center 

2017               Survivor Support and Victim Advocacy Search Committee, UWM, Norris Health Center

Departmental Service

2014               Visiting Faculty Search Committee, UWM, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

Community Service

2020               9to5, National Board Co-Chair

2019-2020      9to5, National Board Co-Secretary 

2015-2020      Echoing Ida, Program Fellow

2018               9to5, National Executive Director Search Committee

2016               African American Roundtable, Co-Chair, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2015               The Ms. Foundation for Women, Public Voices Fellow

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

 

2020   Casey O’Brien Outstanding Activist Award, UWM, Women’s and Gender Studies

2018   Women of Color Leadership Project, National Women’s Studies Association

2018   Tennessen Anniversary Scholarship, Center for 21st Century Studies, UWM

2018   Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Fellow, Rockwood Leadership Institute

2014   Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award, UWM, Graduate School 

2012   The George W. and Winston A. Van Horne Award for the most outstanding graduate oral and written comprehensive    

           examination, UWM, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2018   Graduate Project Coordinator, Women’s Resource Center, UW-Milwaukee

2017   Interim Executive Director, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2015   Director, Reproductive Justice Collective Project, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2013   Facilitator, Diverse and Resilient, Acceptance Journeys Project, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Black Women’s Studies Association 

Coordinating Council for Women in History

National Council for Black Studies

National Women’s Studies Association