I am an Assistant Professor of History at Georgia Southern University, where I teach African American History.
My research interests include women’s history and African American history, especially in Massachusetts. I specialize in the history of Black women’s grassroots activism in Boston. I am also interested in the history of food and its influence on the United States. I developed a course on this topic in Spring 2018.
I am currently revising my manuscript entitled Just Ordinary Mothers: Black Women’s Grassroots Organizing in Boston, from the Vote to the Busing Crisis. My work examines how upwardly-mobile Black working-class mothers navigated Boston’s civil rights movement and city politics to advance their community’s agenda from 1910 to 1974.
I recently published a book chapter entitled “Before Boston’s Busing Crisis: Operation Exodus, Grassroots Organizing, and Motherhood, 1965-1967.” This chapter discusses the impact of Boston Black mothers’ community organizing by examining how sociopolitical issues within the city, combined with the inability of mainstream civil rights organizations to effect change, lead to the creation of a community-run bussing campaign to gain access to educational resources for their children. I presented a paper on my new project, entitled “Local Organizing through a Global Lens: Muriel Snowden, Boston, and the Pan-African Movement” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., in January 2018.
In Fall 2018, I teach “A Comprehensive History of the United States” (Hist 2110) and “African American History since the Reconstruction” (Hist 3131). In the Spring, I will teach “The Civil Rights Movement” (Hist 4134).