I come to UNT after teaching in a Massachusetts community college setting for 6 years. I bring with me experience teaching courses in American History, African American History, and African American Literature. My intellectual interests include Black Nationalism, Race and Sport, Urban History, and applied Racial Formation theory. My dissertation project explores the development of physical culture initiatives within African American communal spaces along the East Coast between 1900 and 1920. In it I argue that, rather than viewing sport as an institution separate and apart from other social and cultural developments, African American leaders fostered ways to use athletics as a means of socialization, the cultivation of race pride, and as exhibitions of racial excellence to be viewed by the societal mainstream. My latest project examines the development of Oak Cliff as a primarily African American suburb of the DFW Metroplex. I consider the social, cultural and political developments that inform the history of this region from 1965 to 2000.
I am a huge proponent for student success. I am an advocate for culturally-responsive pedagogy, and seek to create an inclusive learning space that encourages students to be discerning and self-reflective. I believe in helping students develop and achieve their intellectual goals. My goal for each of my courses is to present information that will inspire my students to think critically about their respective socio-cultural environments.
Book Review: Shayla Reese Griffin, Those Kids, Our Schools: Race and Reform in an American High School, foreword by William Jelani Cobb. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2015. Journal of Negro Education (forthcoming).
Book Review: Gregory Kaliss, Men's College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality: Five Pioneer Stories of Black Manliness, White Citizenship, and American Democracy. Published in the Journal of African American History, vol. 100, No. 1 Winter 2015.
Article: "MARTIN, HARVEY," Handbook of Texas Online. Uploaded on June 4, 2013. Modified on June 17, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Book Review: Charles Martin, Benching Jim Crow: The Rise and Fall of the Color Line in Southern College Sports, 1890--1980. Published in The Journal of African American History, vol. 97, No. 3. Summer 2012.