Greetings! I am an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies andPolitical Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
My research situates the relationship between race and gender at the center of gender and women’s studies and political theory. I do so to show how identity and difference affect the distribution of power. I pay particular attention to how black people articulate their gendered, racialized, and sexualized identifications within an array of popular, scholarly, and policy-oriented conversations about public schools, gay marriage, and “police brutality. My approach is animated by intersectionality - an analytical framework that highlights how multiple oppressions mutually construct each other. While intersectionality is traditionally defined as feminist, I demonstrate how and why it can be used to
support an array of political agendas. My research also reveals how to foster democratic orientations and coalitions among those who use intersectionality for diverse political ends.
My first book, In a Classroom of their Own: The Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools, is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press (May 2018). I am present writing and researching a new book, tentatively entitled Black Ladies and the Art of Resistance: Intellectuals, Athletes, and Beauty Queens, that explores how self-defined African American and black Jamaican women use traditionally feminine grooming and demeanor to cast themselves as effective civic and political leaders who are willing and able to uplift racially oppressed black people.
I received my doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago in 2009. I also have a master's degree in development studies (with a concentration in gender and development) from the University of the West Indies (Mona) as well as an undergraduate degree in political science and black studies from Amherst College.