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.
Your Feminism Aint' Like Ours , Because We Are Raising Quvenzhané, The Feminist Wire (2013)
Civil Rights Law and The Valley Swim Club: “Trouble the Waters” in the Age of Obama (with Craig Green and Keesha Gaskins), William Mitchell Law Raza Journal (2012)
Kathryn Stockett Is Not My Sister and I Am Not Her Help, JENdA: A Journal of Culture of African Women Studies (2011)
I did not attend Wednesday’s movie release of The Help from DreamWorks Pictures, based on...
The Help Leaves Her Longing for a More Authentic Story, JENdA: A Journal of Culture of African Women Studies (2011)
I had said I would not see the movie, The Help. I made that decision...
Book Review: This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity, Journal of American History (2010)
This Violent Empire sheds important light on the dark historical schism between the aspirations of...
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...
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)
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,...