Areas of Expertise and Teaching Competencies
- Representations of African American Women
- Family in American Society
- Sociology of African American Culture
- Black Feminist Practice
- “Othermothers in Motion: Conceptualizing African American Stepmothers.” Ed. Kaila Adia Story. Patricia Hill Collins: Reconceiving Black Motherhood. Toronto, Demeter Press, 2014.
- “The South Side Community Center of Ithaca, NY: Built Through Community Mothering, 1938.” Afro-Americans in New York Life and History: An Interdisciplinary Journal, January, 2008.
- “The Split: A Womanist Interpretation of Black Suburban Community Reconfiguration: 1904–1920” Eds. Clark Lewis, Elizabeth and Ida Jones. Emerging Voices and Paradigms: Black Women’s Scholarship. Washington, D.C.: ABWH, Inc., 61-78, 2008.
- “The Daughters of Myrtle Baptist Church: Womanist Consciousness in Motion.” Association for the Research on Mothering Journal, Vol. 9.2–“Mothering, Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Class,” December 2007.
- Journal of Pan African Studies, a peer reviewed journal. Theme: Africana Mothering, Publication date: Fall 2007
Work in Progress
- African American Stepmothers (Book manuscript in progress)
- Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Bordeaux Community after the 2010 Nashville Flood (Book manuscript in progress)
Associate Professor of Sociology, Union College, Schenectady, NY, 2001-present.
- Introduction to Sociology
- Introduction to Africana Studies
- African Americans Sociology
- Sociology of African American Women
- The Sociology of the American Family : Cross Cultural Perspectives
- Sociology of African American Religion
- Political Sociology
- Sex and Gender
- History of Sociological Thought
- Instructor with the STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program for Middle and High School Schenectady County Students)
- Ph.D. Women’s Studies. Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2002. Dissertation Title: Reconstructing African American Suburban Womanhood: Agency across Boundaries, 1870-1940.
- M.A., Women’s Studies, Clark University, Worcester, MA, 2001.
- M.P.S., African and African American Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1994. Thesis: Without Struggle There Is No Progress: an Ethnohistoric Study of African Americans in Ithaca, New York.
- B.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 1991. Major: African-American Studies with a concentration in literature; Minor: Anthropology
- Undergraduate work, Fisk University, Nashville, TN, W.E.B. Du Bois Scholar (Campus Honors Program), 1987–89.