Associate Professor and Department Chair of History
Office Address: 113 Kauke
- B.A., North Carolina Central University 1996
- M.A., North Carolina Central University 1998
- Ph.D., Binghamton University 2006
- Hip Hop Revolution
- Intellectual History of Black America
- Modern Civil Rights Movement
- History of Black America
- Social History of African American Woman
- Harlem Renaissance and the New Negro Movement
- African Americans and the City
Honors and Awards
- Anna Julia Cooper/ CLR James Award in Africana Studies, Outstanding Book in Africana Studies, National Council for Black Studies
- 2015 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar "Rethinking Black Freedom Studies from the Jim Crow North to the Jim Crow West," Summer 2015
- Henry Luce Fund for Distinguished Scholarship, 2012-2013.
- Scholars-in-Residence Fellowship, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Fall 2007. Grant awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
- Whose Harlem Is This, Anyway?: Community Politics and Grassroots Activism during the New Negro Era (New York University Press, 2015).
- "From Politics to Protest and Politics: Civil Rights and Racial Politics in the Post-Civil Rights era" Journal of Urban History 40, no. 2 (January 2014).
- "Not Just a World Problem": Segregation, Police Brutality, and New Negro Politics in New York City," in eds. Davarian Baldwin and Minkah Makalani, Escape from New York! 'The Harlem Renaissance' Reconsidered (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).
- "Ready to Shoot and Do Shoot": Black Working-Class Self-Defense and Community Politics in Harlem, New York during the 1920s" Journal of Urban History 37: no. 5 (September 2011), 757-74.
Works In Progress
- Policing the Crisis: Black Protest and Law and Order in New York City during the Riot Era
- Unmaking of the Negro Mecca: The Cultural Politics of the Ghetto
- "Jim Crow Policing and Liberal "Law and Order" Politics in New York during the Riot Era"
- "Walking in their Shoes: Teaching the Civil Rights Movement through Immersive Classroom Experiences" Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement (University of Wisconsin Press).
- "The Unmaking of the Negro Mecca: Rereading James Weldon Johnson's Black Manhattan" African American Literature in Transition, 1750-2015 (Cambridge University Press).