I have been teaching at Macalester College since 1998 and teach Introduction to
African American Studies, Black Public Intellectuals, Race and the Law, Feminism and the
Law, and Poverty and the American Dream. I was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship in
the spring of 2009, allowing me to take an 18-month leave of absence from Macalester to
complete my law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. 

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1991; Ph.D., University of Minnesota; 1997
Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Institute on Race and
Poverty 1998; Fellowship at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs 1999; J.D.
William Mitchell College of Law 2011. 

Journal Articles


Beyond the Beyond: Closing and Opening (with Susannah Bartlow and Stephanie Gilmore), The Feminist Wire (2014)


Beyond Critique: An Introduction (with Susannah Bartlow and Stephanie Gilmore), The Feminist Wire (2014)



Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity (with Bruce Baum) (2009)

Racially Writing the Republic investigates the central role of race in the construction and transformation...



Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton (2009)

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book analyzes Black women's involvement in American political life, focusing...


Contributions to Books/Essays

To Die for the People's Temple: The Appropriation of Huey Newton by Jim Jones (with Adam John Waterman), People's Temple and Black Religion in America (2004)

From Kennedy to Combahee: Black Feminist Activism from 1960 to 1980, Sisters in the struggle: African American women in the civil rights-black power movement (2001)

Nineteenth Cenury Black Feminist Writing and Organizing as a Humanist Act, By These Hands: A Documentary History of African-American Humanism (2001)

Popular Press

Barack Obama as Walter Lee Younger, Jr., Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (2008)

Over the course of the past year, commentary from prominent voices including Robert L. Johnson,...