I am a 19th and 20th century historian of African-American and American history. I teach courses that focus on the minority experience, gender and cultural history, as well as the history of Modern Civil Rights Movement and American religion.
My scholarship focuses on Charleston’s wealthy free black community in South Carolina during slavery. I am also interested in issues of gender, power and slavery in the South, and free people of color in the northern states. I am presently working on a book on wealthy free women of color in antebellum Charleston, South Carolina.
I grew up in New York City. I spent my formative years in the Northeast Bronx. Some of my free time is spent as a documentary photographer. I am an avid swimmer and I also joyfully embrace 19th and early 20th century NYC history.
PH.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2007
M.A. University of California at Los Angeles, 1991
M.A. New York University, 1988
B.F.A. California Institute of the Arts, 1986