Academic Employment

  • Assistant Professor of American Studies, University of New Hampshire, 2018-
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-17
  • Assistant Professor of History, College of Wooster, 2011-17
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia, 2014-15


University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Ph.D., African American Studies, September 2011
  • Certificate, Feminist Studies, February 2011
  • Dissertation: “Intellect, Liberty, Life: Women’s Activism and the Politics of Black Education in Antebellum America” (Chair: Manisha Sinha)
  • 2012 Recipient of the Esther M.A. Terry Award for Distinguished Dissertation
Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • Certificate, British Studies, June 2006
University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., African American Studies, December 2005
  • B.A., English (cum laude, College & Departmental Honors), September 2003

Selected Publications

Book Manuscript
A Right to Learn: African American Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America (under contract with NYU Press).

Journal Articles
“Love & Justice: African American Women, Education, and Protest in Antebellum New England,” Journal of Social History, Spring 2019, in press.

“Building The Future: White Women, African American Education, and Civic Inclusion in Antebellum Ohio,” Journal of the Early Republic Vol. 37, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 117-145.

“Be Your Own Man: Student Activism and the Birth of Black Studies at Amherst College, 1965-1972,” New England Quarterly Vol. 89, No. 2 (June 2016): 286-322.

“Expanding the History of the Black Studies Movement: Some Prefatory Notes,” Journal of African American Studies. 16.1 (March 2012): 1-20. Co-authored with Jonathan Fenderson and James Stewart.

“Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Education, and Abolition,” Ethnic Studies Review 32.2 (Winter 2009): 52-78. Winner of the 2009 Phillips G. Davies Graduate Student Paper Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies.

Book Chapters
“Towers of Intellect: The Struggle for African American Higher Education in Antebellum New England,” in Slavery and the University: Histories and Legacies, ed. Leslie Harris, James T. Campbell, et al. (University of Georgia Press, 2019), in press.

“Cruel and Wicked Prejudice:” Racial Exclusion and the Female Seminary Movement in the Antebellum North,” in Margaret Nash, ed., Women’s Higher Education in the United States: New Historical Perspectives (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017): 45-67.

Other Publications

“One More River: Free African Americans in the Antebellum North,” Retrieving the American Past. Boston: Pearson, 2014.

Selected Conference Presentations

“The Meaning of a Useful Life in Kim Tolley’s Heading South to Teach,” Roundtable Discussion, History of Education Society. Providence, RI. November 2016.

“Carter G. Woodson and African American Education in the Long Nineteenth Century,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Atlanta, GA. September 2015.

“1833-1834: In Loving Memory of a Female Academy,” Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Raleigh, NC. July 2015.

“Battleground Schoolhouse: Race and the Rise of Women’s Education in Antebellum America,” College of Wooster, Faculty Research Luncheon. Wooster, OH. October 2013.

“Digital Humanities and the History Classroom,” Case Western Reserve University, 2013 Freedmen Center Colloquium: Exploring Collaboration in Digital Scholarship. Cleveland, OH. April 2013.

“In Search of Julia: Theory, Diaspora, and Black Women’s History,” Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Pittsburgh, PA. September 2012.

“Benevolent Educators: Women and the Struggle for African American Education in pre-Civil War Ohio,” Cleveland State University, Ohio Goes To War: The Sectional Crisis and the Fight for Freedom. Cleveland, OH. September 2011.

“Learning, Piety, and Conduct in Susan Paul’s Memoir of James Jackson,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women. Amherst, MA. June 2011.

“The Educational Thought of Susan Paul,” History of Education Society. Boston, MA. November 2010.

“The Tri-Racial Girls: Sarah and Mary Go to School,” History of Education Society. Philadelphia, PA. October 2009.

Book Reviews
Review of Hilary Green, Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890 in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, in press.

Review of Sarah Hyde, Schooling in the Antebellum South: The Rise of Public and Private Education in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society Vol. 116, No. 1 (Winter 2018): 109-111.

Review of the David Walker Memorial Project in the Journal of American History Vol. 101, No. 1 (2014): 368-369.

Review of Sydney Nathans, To Free A Family: The Journey of Mary Walker in the Journal of the Early Republic Vol. 33, No. 1 (Spring 2013): 177-179.

Invited Presentations

“Women at the Institute for Colored Youth,” Moonstone Arts Center, Education in Black & White: The Institute for Colored Youth and the Struggle for Education. Philadelphia, PA. October 2015.

“‘Without Reference to Sex or Complexion’: The Evolution of African American Higher Education and the Antebellum Black Convention Movement,” University of Delaware, Colored Conventions Symposium. Newark, DE. April 2015.

“A Loving Story Lives: Sex, Marriage, and the Color Line in America,” College of Wooster, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Series. Wooster, OH. April 2014.

“Histories of Indigenous People,” Columbus Day: Legacy of Discovery or Cruelty? Panel, Center for Diversity and Global Engagement, College of Wooster. Wooster, OH. October 2011.

“‘Across the Trackless Ocean: Mary Highland Garnet Barboza in Brewerville, Liberia, 1880-1890,’” Columbia University, Black Women’s Intellectual and Cultural History Collective Conference. New York City, NY. April 2011.

Fellowships & Grants

  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016-17
  • Peterson Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2015-16
  • Research Grant, Massachusetts Historical Society/Great Lakes College Association, Boston Summer Seminar, 2015
  • Mellon Program in African American History Postdoctoral Fellowship, Library Company of Philadelphia, 2014-15
  • Henry Luce III Fund for Distinguished Scholarship Award, College of Wooster, 2014
  • Ralston Presidential Endowment for Faculty Development, College of Wooster, 2011-12
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-11
  • Frederick B. Artz Research Grant, Oberlin College, 2010
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2006-07
  • UCLA Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, 2003-04
  • Gates Millennium Scholarship, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2000-03

Other Teaching Experience

Writing Associate, The Writing Center, Amherst College, 2008-11

Instructor, Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2009-10

Adjunct Instructor, Urban Education Program, Westfield State College, 2008-10