2008 | Ph.D., Political Science: The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
1997 | M.A., Political Science: The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
1993 | B.A., Government and International Affairs, University of Notre Dame.
2014 – Adjunct Assistant Professor, Claremont Graduate School. Claremont, California.
2010 – 2012 Visiting Assistant Professor, Politics Department, Scripps College. Claremont, California.
2005 – 2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Grinnell College. Grinnell, Iowa.
2000 – 2001 Fellow/Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University. Ithaca, New York.
Summer 2001 Research Consultant, Center for Community Alternatives. Syracuse, New York.
Spring 2000 Teaching Fellow, Department of Government, Hamilton College. Clinton, New York.
1998-1999 Graduate Teaching Consultant, The TA Program, Graduate Student Affairs Syracuse University. Syracuse, New York.
1995-1997 Academic Counselor, Exploratory Student Program, Student Affairs, Syracuse University. Syracuse, New York.
2005 “Jezebels, Matriarchs, and Welfare Queens: The Moynihan Report of 1965 and the Social Construction of African American Women in Welfare Policy” in Deserving and Entitled: Social Constructions and Public Policy, Anne L. Schneider and Helen Ingram editors. State University of New York Press.
2002 “It’s No Longer Just About Race: Social Constructions of American Citizenship in the Moynihan Report” in Women’s Work Is Never Done: Comparative Studies In Care-Giving, Employment, And Social Policy Reform, Sylvia Bashevkin editor. Routledge.
1999 “Crossing Lines: Mandy Carter and the Tradition of Black Feminist Activism in the Third Wave” With Lynn Eckert in Still Lifting, Still Climbing: African American Women’s Contemporary Activism, Kimberly Springer editor. New York University Press.
2001 “Revenge of the Angry White Male.” Syndicated by Knight-Ridder (selected list of published venues include: The Champaign News-Gazette; The Corning Leader; The Idaho State Journal; and the McAllen Monitor). With Grant D. Reeher and Joseph Camarono.
“Cultural Roots of HIV/AIDS Stigma: Gender and Religion” With Karen Torjesen (Research Study)
“Framing the Discourse: Sex, Health, and Reproductive Surgeries Among African American Senior Women” With Elizabeth Erbaugh. (Paper).
“Husbands, Wives and Next of Kin: De-Linking Race, Sex, Marriage, and The Family From Law and Public Policy.” With Maxwell Leung. (Paper).
“Social Trust and African American Women’s Reproductive Health.” With Elizabeth Erbaugh, (Research Study).
2013 “Race, Social Networks, and Navigating Reproductive Health.” With Elizabeth Erbaugh, paper accepted for National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, November 2013.
2013 “Race, Social Networks, and Decision Making about Reproductive Health.” With Elizabeth Erbaugh. Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Annual Meeting, New York, August 2013.
2011 “Framing the Discourse: Sex, Health, and Reproductive Surgeries Among African American Senior Women” with Elizabeth Erbaugh. Presented at The Society for Study Social Problems Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, Nevada, August 19-21.
2011 “A New Tack: Model Legislation for Reproductive Rights as Civil Rights” With Jessica Clements, Lisa Pratt, Marj Singer, and Erin Matson. The National Organization for Women (NOW) Annual Conference and Meeting, Tampa, Florida. June 25.
2010 “Social Trust and African American Women’s Health.” With Elizabeth Erbaugh. The National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado, November 10-14.
2009 “The Curricular Balancing Act: Navigating Anti-Feminist Spaces In Our Teaching.” With Karla Erickson. The MidAtlantic Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, March 27-28.
2008 “Feeling the Erotic First-Hand: A Narrative Analysis of HIV and Sexual Health Guides for Black and Latina Women.” Presented at Race, Sex, Power: New Movements in Black and Latina/o Sexualities. University of Illinois-Chicago Forum, April 11-12.
2007 “Mother, Father, and State: Welfare Policies and the African American Family” Presented at Women Engaging the World: Political Science and Political Activism, APSA Women’s Caucus and Women and Politics Pre-conference. August 29.
2000 “It’s No Longer Just About Race: Sex Roles, the Family, and the Resurrection of the Moynihan Report” Presented at the American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., September 1-3.
2000 “In the Eye of the Storm: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in the Study of Welfare” Presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 27-30.
2000 “From Widows to Welfare Queens: Race and Gender Construction in Welfare Reform” Presented at the Western Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, March 24-26.
1999 “Welfare Queens and Other Metaphors: The Effects of Gender and Race Construction on Implementation and Bureaucratic Values” Presented at the American Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, September 2-5.
1997 “From the Ground Up: Welfare Reform and Relationships Between the States, Congress, and the President” Presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 13-15.
Invited Lectures, Talks, Seminars and Panels
2013 “Race, Class and Reproductive Justice After Roe v Wade,” Forty Years After Roe v. Wade, Reproductive Rights and Justice Today, Huntington Library Women’s Studies Seminars, Feminist Majority Foundation. March 9.
2013 “Pushing Forward: Advancing the Conversation about Gender Politics &Public Policy in the Coming Year.” Woman’s Perspective Forum, Pilgrim Place. February 27.
2012 “From “From Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice: Race, Class, and Access to Care After Roe v. Wade.” Commemorating the 39th Anniversary of Roe v Wade, Pomona College. January 24.
2011 “Framing the Discourse: Black Women’s Reproductive health and Policy Change After the 2008 NIH Summit on Health Disparities” Tuesday Lunch Talk Series, School of Politics and Economics, Claremont Graduate University. April 26.
2011 “Race, Choice and Reproductive Health in the Age of Health Care Reform” Mallott Commons Lunchtime Talk Series, Scripps College. March 9.
2008 Panel Participant: “Race, Gender, and the Politics of Representation: Media Images of Women in the 2008 Presidential Election” Center for the Humanities, Grinnell College. October 27.
2000 “From Widows to Welfare Queens: Race and Gender Construction in Welfare Reform” Cornell University Lecture Series on Race, Gender and Sexuality. Co-sponsored by the Departments of Government, Women’s Studies and African American Politics. March 14.
1999 Facilitator: Diversity Issues in Teaching Seminar, The TA Program of the Graduate School, Syracuse University.
1998 Presenter: AHANA (African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American Student’s Association) Graduate Forum.