Fields of Interest: African American, United States since 1865, Journalism & Mass Media, West Africa.
Academic Biography: M.A., American Studies, College of William and Mary, 2004; B.A., History, Northern Illinois University, 1993; A.A.S, Illinois Central College, 1991.
Academic Positions: Adjunct instructor, Norfolk State University, teaching United States History since 1865, African American History to 1865, and African American History since 1865.
Conference Presentations: “Enter the New Negro: Radicalizing the Modern Black Journalist, 1919-1945,” Media and Civil Rights History Symposium, University of South Carolina, Columbia, March 2011; and “The Racial Politics of Place: Jim Crow and New Deal Housing on the Virginia Peninsula,” Graduate Conference on Race and Place in the American South, University of Alabama, April 2008.
Publications: Review of Covering for the Bosses: Labor and the Southern Press, by Joseph B. Atkins, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the America 7 (Spring 2010): 112-114; and review, Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren, by Jeffery L. Sheler, Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA), December 20, 2009.
Field Exams: African American History (with Mel Ely); United States History After 1815 (with Scott Nelson); United States History Before 1815 (with Karin Wulf); and West African History (with James La Fleur).
Dissertation: “Race News: How Black Reporters and Readers Shaped the Fight for Racial Justice, 1877-1978” – advised by Kimberley Phillips. My dissertation examines how successive generations of journalists, publishers, and readers negotiated the conventions and content of black news writing from 1877 to 1978 as they debated, defined, and critiqued their ever-shifting relationships with the forces of racism, modernity, and black radicalism.