My first book, Visualizing Equality: African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century, charts the changing roles of African American activist-artists who shaped representations of African Americans during the middle decades of the nineteenth century. These activists, and the individuals who circulated their images, intended to change not only what people saw when they saw race, they also instructed them about how they should see it. Understudied or nearly forgotten artists produced images that subverted popular stereotypes of African Americans. Some of the images produced by these individuals underscored the brutalities of slavery, visualized black respectability, and celebrated black leadership.
As a scholar of African American History, I primarily teach courses in U.S. History and African American History. I have designed several new graduate and undergraduate courses such as: "Black Radicals and Revolutionaries," "Black Internationalism" "African American Rights and Visual Culture," "Remembering Slavery," and "New Directions in Civil War History"
Simply put, I love teaching students how to think critically about the past and the present. I’m committed to cultivating in my students a skillset that includes cogent argumentation and provocative curiosity that enables them to evaluate issues in our world. I teach history with the goal of motivating students to question what we know about history and how we know it. I constantly challenge students to consider the role of contexts, causes, and contingencies in shaping the events and lives of those in the past.
Chair of Committee on Minorities in the Southern Historical Association (2020-2022); African American History Month Committee (2016-2021), Fulton Public Humanities Committee (2016-2021); SU History Graduate Committee (2018-2021)