- PhD, Literature, 2002, University of Washington
- Dissertation: (Re)Making a Difference: Theorizing Difference and Racial Individuality in Twentieth Century African American Literature and Literary Theory
- Advisor: Johnnella Butler, Ph.D.
- Director, African American Studies, College of Charleston, 2007-Present
The college’s program includes an undergraduate major and minor, 2 full-time core faculty, and 15 affiliate faculty. The program serves approximately 650 students per academic year.
- Faculty Administrative Fellow, College of Charleston, 2014-15
This program has faculty members complete discrete administrative tasks. During my fellowship, I am exploring the feasibility of a curricular diversity requirement and opportunities for expanding the College’s diversity efforts.
- Liaison, College-in-the High-School Program, University of Washington, 1999-2001
- Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of English, College of Charleston, 2008-Present
- Assistant Professor (tenure track), Department of English, College of Charleston, 2002-2008
- Instructor, Bachelor Completion Program, Antioch University, Seattle, 2001-2002
The Critical Reception of James Baldwin, 1963-2000: An Honest Man and a Good Writer. New York: Camden House Press, 2014.
Conversations with Octavia Butler. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2009.
“Flipping the Script: Reading Zane’s Erotica as Popular Romance.” forthcoming in Romance Fiction and American Culture, edited by Eric Selinger and William Gleason (Ashgate Press, Spring 2015)
“American Truths: Blackness and the American Superhero.” forthcoming in The Blacker the Ink, edited by John Jennings and Frances Gateward (Rutgers UP, Spring 2015)
“Kyle Baker’s Slave Narrative.” Comics and the U.S. South. Eds. Qiana Whitted and Brannon Costello. Jsckson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2012. 113-137.
Refereed Journal Articles
“My Hair Stood on End!: Talking with Joanna Russ About Slash, Community, and Female Sexuality,” with Alison Piepmeier. Journal of Popular Romance Studies. 1.2 (2011) http://jprstudies.org/2011/03/interview-joanna-russ/ (6800 words)
“(Re)Making a Difference: The Harlem Renaissance and the Anxiety of 1926.” Langston Hughes Review (Fall/Spring 2002), 49-59.
“Nobel Prize Address.” A Toni Morrison Encyclopedia, Elizabeth Beaulieu, ed. Greenwood Publishers, 2003. pp. 248-250.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Comics Regulation, Comics Censorship: Past and Present,” with Craig Fisher and Christopher Brook. HeroesCon, Charlotte, NC, June 2014,
” Free From the Bounds of Fact: Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist and the Fiction of Blackness,” American Literature Association, Washington, D.C., May 2014
“African American Romance Fiction and the Pleasures of Vulnerability,” Unleashing the Black Erotic, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, SC, September 2013
“Seduced by the Pleasures of Freedom: The Resistant Work of Black Popular Romance.” National Council of Black Studies, Atlanta, GA, March 2012.
“The Radical Possibilities of African American Romance and Erotica.” National Council of Black Studies, Cincinnati, OH, March 2011.
“The Beat of a New Drum: The First Year Experiences of Black Studies Chairs in the World of Administration.” National Council of Black Studies, Cincinnati, OH, March 2011.
“Something New: Resisting the “Coupling Convention” in Contemporary Black Romantic Film.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, St. Louis, MO, April 2010
“American Truths: Blackness and the American Superhero.” American Literature Association, Boston, MA, May 2009.
“Slash, Academia, and What Happens When Straight Women Start Flirting with Each Other.” Presentation with Alison Piepmeier at Console-ing Passions: An International Conference on Television, Audio, Video, New Media, and Feminism, Santa Barbara, CA, April 2008.
“What’s Black about This?: Teaching Octavia Butler in African American Literature Courses.” African American Literature and Culture Society, St. Louis, MO, October 2007.
SELECTED INVITED LECTURES
“Comics in the Classroom.” Panel Discussion, Comics in the U.S. South, University of South Carolina, October 2013.
“Bridging the Gap Between African American Studies and Libraries Through Book Discussion Groups.” South Carolina Library Association Roundtable for African American Concerns, Summer Colloquium, August 2012.
“Why Race Still Matters.” Lecture at Lowcountry Senior Center, Charleston, SC, July 2008.
“Literacy and Literary Clubs in African American History.” Lecture at Lowcountry Senior Center, Charleston, SC, February 2005.
“Can Minority Characters Play White Superheroes?” with W. Kamau Bell, Noah Berlatsky, and Julian Chambliss. HuffPost Live, Feb. 27, 2014. (http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r/segment/black-comic-book-characters/53079a7878c90a6eb6000384)
“Harlem Renaissance.” Conversations with Joan Mack (radio program), Charleston, SC, February 2003.
College of Charleston
- African American Literature–Survey for majors
- Harlem Renaissance
- Harlem Renaissance/Black Arts Movement
- Nineteenth Century African American Literature
- The Graphic Novel
- Black Women Writers
- Survey of American Literature
- Introduction of Academic Writing
- African American Literature
- Black Speculative Fiction
- The Intellectual in African American Literature
- Toni Morrison
- Harlem Renaissance/Black Arts Movement
- Race and Memory in the Graphic Novel
African American Studies Program
- Introduction to African American Studies
- The Slave Narrative in the African American Imagination
Women’s and Gender Studies Program
- Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
First Year Experience Program
- Contemporary Constructions of Black Womanhood
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
National Council of Black Studies Community Engagement Grant, 2012
Teaching Innovation Grant, College of Charleston, 2012
Romance Writers of America Academic Research Award, 2010
HSS Faculty Research and Development Award, Summer 2007
Faculty Technology Institute Award, College of Charleston, Spring 2006 (Declined)
Faculty Research and Development Grant, College of Charleston, Summer 2006
Summer Undergraduate Research with Faculty (SURF) Grant, Summer 2005
Faculty Pedagogy Grant, School of Humanities, College of Charleston, Summer 2004
Faculty Research and Development Grant, College of Charleston, Summer 2003
First Year Faculty Summer Stipend, School of Humanities, College of Charleston, Summer 2003
Honors Program Course Development Stipend, College of Charleston, Summer 2003
Seafirst Bank Endowed Minority Dissertation Fellowship, University of Washington, 2001-2002
SELECTED ACADEMIC HONORS, AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS
Distinguished Service Award Nominee, College of Charleston, 2014
Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Charleston, 2011
Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee, College of Charleston, 2010
Office of Institutional Diversity Woman of the Year Nominee, College of Charleston, 2010, 2012
ExCel Awards Outstanding Faculty of the Year, College of Charleston, 2010
ExCel Awards Outstanding Faculty of the Year Nominee, College of Charleston, 2009