- Ph.D., History, University of Chicago, 2010
- M.A., History, University of Chicago, 2005
- B.A., History, University of Pennsylvania, 2004
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellow, 2010-2011
- Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow, 2009-2010
- University of Chicago John Hope Franklin Endowment Grant Recipient, 2008
- Social Science Research Council Predoctoral Research Development Grant Recipient, 2005-2007
- University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Prestigious Faculty Award, 2006
- Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, 2004-2007
- Honorary Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies, 2004-2005
- “Forum on African Americans, Education, and the Chicago School System,” Invited Speaker, “Facts of Blackness” in Chicago, Northwestern University Department of African American Studies 2011 Speakers Series, Evanston, IL, 20 April 2011.
- “Reform Within the System: The Woodlawn Experimental Schools Project and Community Control in Chicago” Presenter and Session Organizer, “Post-World War II Black Education Organizing” American Education Research Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, 12 April 2011.
- “A Lesson in Racial Politics: The Evolution of School Reform in Chicago,” Colloquium, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2 March 2011.
- “Teaching Student Activism: Education and Civil Rights in Chicago,” Freedom For All, Teacher Seminar Series, McCormick Foundation Civics Program. Chicago, IL, 5 February 2011.
- “Black Politics and Educational Organizing in Post-Civil Rights Chicago,” Presenter, and Session Organizer, “Politics and Policy in the Post-Civil Rights City,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA, 8 January 2011.
- “Integration Now, Integration Tomorrow, Integration…: The Chicago Urban League and the Continued Push for School Integration,” History of Education Society Annual Meeting. Cambridge, MA, 5 November 2010.
- “Reform Within the System: The Development of Community Control in Chicago and The Woodlawn Experimental Schools Project.” Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop. University of Chicago. Chicago, IL, 13 May 2010.
- Respondent for the paper: “Extreme Makeovers in a Chicago High School? Transforming At-Risk Youth into Young Latino Professionals” Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop. University of Chicago. Chicago, IL, 8 October 2009.
- “African American Activism and Education in Chicago: Civil Rights and Beyond” Race Studies Grant Symposium, University of Chicago. Chicago, IL, 23 May 2009.
- “Correcting Historical Erasure: Margaret Garner in Secondary and Collegiate Classrooms and Curriculum” Margaret Garner in context, A Community Conversation: Human Rights and Slavery’s Legacy. Chicago Foundation for Women. Roosevelt University. Chicago, IL, 7 October 2008.
- “To Reshape and Redefine Our World: African Americans Organizing For Education, 1968-2004.” Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies Workshop. University of Chicago. Chicago, IL, 8 May 2008.
- “From Activists to Elected Officials: Political Authority in 1970s Washington, D.C. and Sources for African American History.” Talk for library staff. University of Chicago. Regenstein Library, Chicago, IL. 21 February 2006.
- Twentieth Century United States Social, Political, and Urban History
- African American History
- History of Education
- Education Policy and Reform
- Race and Inequality
- Comparative Histories of Colonialism and Decolonization
- American Historical Association
- History of Education Society
- American Education Research Association
- American Studies Association