I am a scholar of twentieth century African American history with an emphasis on the intersection of black leisure and politics. Specifically, my research focuses on black entrepreneurship, fashion and beauty studies, and black internationalism.
- African American History since 1865
- African American Women's History
- History of Black Travel
- Black Business History
Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry, University of Illinois Press, 2010 (Winner of the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Award)
To Turn the Whole World Over, Black Women and Internationalism, University of Illinois Press, 2019
Articles and Essays
- “The World is Ours, Too”: Millennial Women and the New Black Travel Movement,” in Deborah Willis, Ellyn Toscana, and Kalia Brooks Nelson eds. Women and Migrations: Responses in Art and History. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers 2019: 395-413.
- "# TeamNatural: Black Hair and the Politics of Community in Digital Media." Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art 2015, no. 37 (2015): 70-79.
- “`I Had My Own Business…So I didn’t Have to Worry’: Beauty Salons, Beauty Culturists, and Black Community Life,” in Nancy Hewitt and Kirsten Delegard, eds., Women, Families, and Communities (Volume 2), (Prentice Hall, 2008), 92-111.
- “‘The First Thing Every Negro Girl Does’: Black Beauty Culture, Racial Politics, and the Construction of Modern Black Womanhood, 1905-1925,” in Elspeth Brown, Catherine Gudis, and Marina Moskowitz, eds., Cultures of Commerce: Representation and American Business Culture, 1877-1960, (Palgrave Macmillian, 2006), 143-169.
Awards and Honors
- Inaugural Cochran Scholar for Inclusive Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching, and Service, University of Delaware, 2018-2020
- Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Leading Women in Higher Education, 2018.
- Distinguished Lecturer, The Organization of American Historians, 2015-
- National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar in Residence, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 2016-2017
- Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize, Association of Black Women’s Historians, 2010.
- Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas Board of Regents, 2010.
- American Historical Association (AHA)
- Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (ASALH) - Life Member
- African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)- Life Member
- Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH)- Life Member
- Organization of American Historians (OAH)