Current Vitae

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.

Guest Editor

  • 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)

Teaching History

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.
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