- Ph.D. in American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
- M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Ethnic Studies, MN State University-Mankato
- B.A. in Criminal Justice, Metropolitan State University
- B.S. in Business Management, Jackson State University
- “All Hail the Queen: The Metamorphosis or Selling Out of Queen Latifah” Contributor to Women and the Media: New Perspectives. Theresa Carilli and Jane Campbell (Eds.). Lexington Books, July 2012.
- “The Politics of Appearance: Black Women’s Struggle in the 1920s.” World Literary Review 1.1 (March 2011):47-59.
- “Identity for Sale: The Billion Dollar African American Hair Trade.” Contributor to The Globetrotting Shopaholic: Consumer Spaces, Products, and their Cultural Places. Tanfer Emin Tunic and Annessa Ann Babic (Eds.). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Dec. 2008.
- “Is My Uniform Too Kinky?” MP: An Online Feminist Journal 2.4 (August 2009): 49-61. http://www.academinist.org/mp/mp_archive/archive_08_09/index.html
- Review of Lisa M. Anderson, Black Feminism in Contemporary Drama. (University of Illinois Press, 2008). Southwest Journal of Cultures, February 2009. http://southwestjournalofculturesafricanamer.blogspot.com/2009/02/black-feminism-in-contemporary-drama-by.html
- “Setting Healthy Boundaries: My Hair and My Body.” Contributor to Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages. Cynthia Brackett-Vincent and Carol Smallwood (Eds.) All Things That Matters Press, 2009.
- Resistance and Empowerment in Black Women's Hair Styling. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing. June 2013.
- Critical Theory, Research in Black Womyn's Studies and Africana Studies—Summer Institute Participant, Cornell University, 2002.
- Graduate Teaching Assistant Fellowship—Summer Session, Bowling Green State University, 2001.
- J. Snook Paper Award, American Culture Studies Forum, Bowling Green State University, 2002.
- Student Organization of the Year at Bowling Green State University, African American Graduate Student Association (AAGSA). Served as Treasurer, 2001-2002
- Summer Institute: “Holding up Both Ends of the Sky” Critical Theory, Research in Black Womyn’s Studies and Africana Studies. Cornell University, 2002.
- “Vehicle of Shrinking Borders: Nollywood Films in Braiding Salons.” 36th Annual Midwest Popular Culture Association /American Culture Association (Indigenous Studies area) Conference, Milwaukee, WI. October 2011.
- “Global Blackness of the Black Supermodel.” National Council of Black Studies 34th Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH. March 2011.
- “I’m a Thug: Not Really, I Just Play One on TV.” National Council of Black Studies 33rd Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. March 2010.
- “African American Hair and Double Consciousness, 1900-1930.” Selling Race: The Limits & Liberties of Markets Conference, Los Angeles, CA. October 2002.
- “Black Feminist Perspectives of African Diasporic Hair Aesthetics.” Race in the Humanities Conference, LaCrosse, WI. Nov. 2001.
- “Black Feminist Thought: What is It?” 26th Pan-African Student Leadership Conference, Mankato, MN. Feb. 2002.
- “Black Supermodels: Duplicates of the White Counterpart?” Western IL University Fourth Annual EGO Conference, Macomb, IL. November 2008.
- “Brown v. Board of Education and Constance Baker Motley.” Marist College Center for Lifetime Learning Study, Poughkeepsie, NY. May 2006.
- “Hair of a Different Color.” SUNY Dutchess Community College Women’s History Month Presentation, Poughkeepsie, NY. March 2006.
- “Is My Uniform Too Kinky?” National Council of Black Studies 32nd Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2008.
- “Madam C.J. Walker and Annie Malone: Hair Assimilators or Change Agents?” Association of African American Historical Research and Preservation (AAAHRP) 4th Annual Black History Conference, Seattle, WA. February 2007.
- “The Role of International Hair-Care Suppliers in Dispensing Hegemonic Messages to Women of African Diasporic Origin.” Global Interactions and Interdisciplinary Perspectives Conference, Mahwah, NJ. Oct. 2001.
- “What Does it Mean to be Black in the Academy?” First World Alumni Diaspora Conference, New Paltz, NY October 2006.
- Black Feminism
- Critical Race Theory
- Hair and body aesthetics
- Media representation of ethnicity and gender
- American Historical Association Member, 2003–2005
- American Studies Association member, 2000–2004
- Association for the Study of African American Life and History member, 2000–present
- Coordinating Council for Women in History, 2002–2004
- Dutchess County Historical Society member, 2004–present
- National Council of Black Studies, 2007–present
- National Women’s Studies Association Member, 2002–2004
- Organization of American Historians Member, 2002–2005
- Sociologists for Women in Society Member, 2002–2004
- The Society for the Study of Social Problems Member, 2002–2004
- Educational Policies Committee
2012 to present
- Executive Council of Faculty Senate
- Faculty Senate member for College of Arts and Sciences
- Global Affairs Committee member for College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Division
2010 to present
- Faculty Representatives to the Board of Trustees Facilities Committee member
2010 to present
- History Search Committee member for History professors
- Library Search Committee member for Social Science Reference Librarian
- Campus Threat Assessment Team member for Faculty with Criminal Justice background
2009 to present
- Gender Studies Committee member
2009 to present
- World AIDS Day Co-organizer
2009 to present