My research focuses on representations of genealogical discovery and ancestry in nineteenth and early-twentieth century African American literature. I am especially interested in the literary depictions of the interactions between African Americans and Native Americans during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, as well as intraracial tensions more broadly. I am currently working on my first book project which I developed out my dissertation entitled The Problem of the Prism: Racial Passing, Colorism, and the Politics of Racial Visibility. In this project, I analyze the works of authors such as Sutton Griggs and popular media like Ebony magazine to examine how authors and writers discussed genealogy in relation to Black pride.


Ph.D. in English, U of Maryland-College Park

Certificate in Engaged and Public Humanities, Georgetown U

M.A. in English, North Carolina Central U

B.A. in English and History-Teacher Education, North Carolina State U



“Olivia Ward Bush-Banks and New Negro Indigeneity.” (Forthcoming in MELUS)


“Fight for your life”: Segregation, Im/mobilities, and the Fight for African American Futures in Stephanie Powell Watts’s No One is Coming to Save Us. Co-authored with Maia Butler, North Carolina Literary Review, no. 29, 2020, pp. 120-133.


 “Leaving Home to Return Home—Writing North Carolina Homeplace from the Particular to the Universal: An Interview with Stephanie Powell Watts.” Co-authored with Maia Butler, North Carolina Literary Review, no. 28, 2019, pp. 6-19.


“Self-Realization in a Restricted World: Janie’s Early Realization in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.” The Journal of Traditions and Beliefs, vol. 4, no. 5, 2014, pp. 1 – 11.



“To free their minds from ‘black noise:” Speculating Revenge for US Slavery in Dwayne Alexander Smith’s Forty Acres.” 21st Century US Historical Fiction: Contemporary Responses to the Past, edited by Ruth Maxey, Palgrave, 2020 (Forthcoming).



“College of William & Mary Indian School.” Race and Ethnicity in the United States: From Pre-contact to the Present, edited by Russell M. Lawson and Benjamin A. Lawson, Vol. 1. Greenwood, 2019, pp. 43-44.

“‘Mulatto’ Experience in Antebellum America.” Race and Ethnicity in the United States: From Pre-contact to the Present, edited by Russell M. Lawson and Benjamin A. Lawson, Vol. 1. Greenwood, 2019, pp. 151-153.

 “The Blacker the Berry.” Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, edited by Venetria K. Patton and Kwakiutl L. Dreher, Greenwood, 2019 (Forthcoming).



“Albion Tourgée on the Color Line.” ANZASA (Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association) Online, 30 June 2020.

“The Realities of “Black Rage”: A Review of Dwayne Alexander Smith’s Forty Acres: A Thriller.” Pens and Needles, 27 August 2018.

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