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I am an assistant professor of Communication and African and African American Studies in the Department of Communication at Loyola University Maryland.

As an interdisciplinary scholar  with a focus in race, class, and gender, my teaching, research, and service crosses many boundaries reaching deep into the fields of communication, history, education, cultural studies (specifically race, class, and gender issues), women’s studies and black history.  My background experience includes my doctoral work in black women’s history, historical sociolinguistics, and women’s history from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; a master’s degree in International Peace Studies, with a concentration in race, class, and gender issues, from the Joan B. Kroc Center of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame; a B.A. degree in history from Lincoln University , PA; over ten years of experience working as a documentary filmmaker, with three New York Emmy nominations; and, four years working as a Master Teacher of History/Social Studies, winning the 2006 Maryland History Teacher of the Year Award. My first book,”Sparking the Genius: The Carter G. WoodsonLecture” (Apprentice House) was published in February 2014 http://www.amazon.com/Carter-G-Woodson-Lecture-2013/dp/1627200126 , and my second book, “Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis (USC Press) was published in May 2014 http://www.amazon.com/Notes-Colored-Girl-Diaries-Frances/dp/1611173523/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403982930&sr=1-1&keywords=Notes+from+a+colored+girl.

I am currently completing two other books: “Rethinking Emilie Frances Davis: Lesson Plans for Teaching Her 1863-1865 Civil War Pocket Diaries” (Apprentice House), coedited with Conra Gist and due out in July 2014 and “The Emancipation Proclamation: Race Relations on the Eve of Reconstruction” (Routledge) due out in February 2015.

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