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Research & Past Work

My research and publications address the complex relationships between enslaved and freeborn nineteenth century black women; and investigates the ways in which race, class, and gender  coalesce in American classrooms, political environments, and social arenas.

My work has appeared in The African American National Biography, The Encyclopedia of African-American History, and is forthcoming in a special Civil War issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. I also served as the Historical Content Editor for Red Lion Press’ Children’s Historical Fiction Graphic Novel Series, released in Fall 2010. I have worked with K-12 teachers through lectures and workshops throughout the country training them in how to become culturally responsive teachers in diverse environments. I earned a MA in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame’s Joan B. Kroc Center for International Peace Studies and her BA in History from Lincoln University, PA. I was awarded a SREB Pre-Dissertation Fellowship in 2007. I earned a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture, with a special emphasis in Black Women’s Archival History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2009. I received a Albert M. Greenfield Foundation Fellowship in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia in 2009 and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend in 2010. I am currently editing her manuscript, Emilie Davis, Her Life, In Her Own Words (currently under review at the University of South Carolina Press).Educational Materials:

My past education work includes:

Excerpt from the NVLP site

Co-creating and developing the education website for the National Visionary Leadership Project (edited by Renee Pouissant, Camille Cosby, John Hope Franklin, and Percy Sutton) Civil Rights Movement project.

Co-developing and producing an educational website for the Department of Communication’s Year of the City oral history project.

Writing and editing lesson plans for the Teaching American History Online Lesson Plan Project at UMBC.


My past films include:

Photo from “The George Washington Bridge”

George Washington Bridge: Crossing the Hudson, A film by Mark Daniels and Kaye Wise Whitehead: the film tells the story of the building of the bridge, which is also the story of the brilliant engineer, Othmar Amman, who became obsessed with this grandiose plan. (2002)

Photo from “Twin Towers: A History”

Twin Towers: A History, a film by Kaye Wise Whitehead:  the film is a fascinating history of the buildings that set the character of lower Manhattan and symbolized not only the power of New York City but American culture and financial dominance. The Twin Towers takes the viewer on an architectural journey that explores the design, construction and ultimate destruction of the 110-story buildings. Through interviews with architects, cultural historians, engineers and construction workers, a rich and absorbing story emerges. (2001)

*2002 New York Emmy® Nomination – 46th Annual New York Emmy Awards

Life Lessons Learned in Last Place: The Zoe Koplowitz Story, a film by Kaye Wise Whitehead: this film tells the story of, Zoe Koplowitz, a marathon runner who is afflicted with multiple sclerosis and diabetes, and her 31-hour journey to complete the New York City Marathon.

*2001 New York Emmy® Nomination – 45th Annual New York Emmy Awards

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