Academic Employment

Northeastern University

  • Dean’s Associate Professor of History & Africana Studies, June 2021 - present
  • Associate Director of Public History, June 2021 - present

University of New Hampshire

  • Associate Professor of English and American Studies, August 2020 - June 2021
  • Faculty Fellow for Equity and Inclusion, August 2020 - June 2021
  • Assistant Professor of American Studies, July 2017 - July 2020****

College of Wooster

  • Assistant Professor of History, College of Wooster, August 2011 - June 2017


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

In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America (New York: New York University Press, 2019).

Journal Articles
“Searching for Sarah: Black Girlhood, Education, and the Archive,” History of Education Quarterly vol. 60, no. 1 (February 2020): 73-85.

“Love & Justice: African American Women, Education, and Protest in Antebellum New England,” Journal of Social History, vol. 52, no. 3 (2019): 652-676.

“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 vol. 16, no. 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 vol 32, no. 2 (Winter 2009): 52-78. Winner of the 2009 Phillips G. Davies Graduate Student Paper Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies.

Public Scholarship
“Black Women Have Shaped Politics in Boston for Centuries,” Washington Post (Made By History section), February 10, 2021.

“Robert Morris Was a Black Bostonian Who Fought for Freedom. Why Don’t We Have a Statue of Him?” Cognoscenti (WBUR’s Online Opinion Page), July 9, 2020.

“Abolition, Suffrage, and the Activism of Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin,” Historic New England Magazine (Fall 2019): 15-18.

Selected Fellowships & Grants

  • Spencer Foundation Small Grant, 2021-22
  • NEH-Massachusetts Historical Society Long-Term Fellowship, 2020-2021
  • National Park Service/Organization of American Historians Grant, Project: “African Americans in Essex County, Massachusetts,” 2018-2020
  • Francis E. Malamy Fellowship, Phillips Library/Peabody Essex Museum, 2018-19
  • Ruth R. & Alyson R. Miller Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018
  • 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
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-11