MA and PhD in History and African American Studies, University of Wisconsin (Madison) (UW-Madison)
B.A. in Anthropology and African and Afro-American Studies, Washington University (Saint Louis) (College Honors)


Curator of African American History, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 2019-present
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Macalester College, 2016-2019
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Dickinson College, 2014-2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, Consortium for Faculty Diversity, Dickinson College, 2013-2014


This Woman’s Work: Black Women’s Economic Activism in Postwar Milwaukee (manuscript in progress)

Peer Reviewed Articles
“ ‘Kept Right on Fightin…’: African American Working Women’s Activism in Civil Rights Era Milwaukee” Journal of Civil and Human Rights, 2:1

“ ‘Fighting Their Own Economic Battles’:  Saint Charles Lockett, Ethnic Enterprizes and the Challenges of Black Capitalism in 1970s Milwaukee.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society special issue on: Black Women’s Labor: Economics, Culture and Politics, 18:1

Invited Chapters in Peer-Reviewed Edited Collections
“We’ve Been Behind the Scenes”: Fair Employment and Project Equality in 1970s Milwaukee,” in The Strange Careers of Jim Crow North edited by Jeanne Theoharis and Brian Purnell with Komozi Woodard (NYU Press, 2019).

Reviews and Other Publications
Review: Jim Crow Capital, by Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, Journal of American Ethnic History, forthcoming 2020.

Review: Gateway to Equality: Black Women and the Struggle for Economic Justice in St. Louis, by Keona Ervin, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Winter 2019, Volume 117. No. 1.

Review: Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America, by Quincy T. Mills, Journal of American History, December 2014, Volume 101. No. 3.

“Rosa Parks,” Icons of Black America. Edited by Matthew Whitaker (CT: Greenwood Press, 2011) p687-696.

“Hattie McDaniel,” Icons of Black America.  Edited by Matthew Whitaker (CT: Greenwood Press, 2011) p583-592.

Mellon Faculty Fellowship,  Associated Colleges of the Midwest, 2016-2017
40 Under 40 Professor Who Inspires, NerdWallet, 2015
Digital Humanities Faculty-Student Collaboration Grant, Dickinson College, Fall 2014
Dean’s Conference Travel Fund Grant, Dickinson College, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Willoughby Fellowship for Teaching with Technology Program, Dickinson College, Summer 2014
Research and Development Grant for Summer Research, Dickinson College, Summer 2014
Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dickinson College, 2013-2014

“A Blueprint for Economic Justice: Project Equality and Black Women’s Economic Activism in Milwaukee,” Historians of the Twentieth Century US, Cambridge, United Kingdom, June 2018

“What the Mothers Have to Say:” Storytelling and Knowledge Production in the Milwaukee Welfare Rights Movement”, African American Intellectual History Society Annual Conference, Vanderbilt University, March 2017

“We, my husband and I, were a team”: Negotiating the Economic Activism of Milwaukee’s Ardie and Wilbur Halyard, American Historical Association, 2017

“We’ve Been Behind the Scenes”: Project Equality and Fair Employment in 1970s Milwaukee,” Freedom North Symposium, Bowdoin College, September 2016

Narrating the Lives of Everyday African American Women in the 20th Century Urban Midwest, Organization of American Historians Annual Conference, April 2016

(In)visible Working Mothers: Visualizing the Intersection of Work, Welfare and Motherhood in Postwar Industrial Milwaukee, National Women’s Studies Association Conference, November 2015

Beyond Dixie: New Directions in Freedom Movement Studies In The Urban North and West, Invited Roundtable, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Annual Convention, September 2015

Rethinking Black Freedom Studies from the Jim Crow North to the Jim Crow West, NEH Seminar, June 2015

Association of Black Women Historians ABWH)
Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)
Organization of American Historians (OAH)
African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)
American Historical Association (AHA)