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2001, BA English and Philosophy, Emory University

2004, MA English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


I am a PhD candidate in English. My research interests include popular culture, African American performance, and black womanhood.  My dissertation examines how gospel music performance serves as both extension and projection of black feminist thought, suggesting ways that we might read the representations of black womanhood in twentieth century African American literature as a fluctuating, dynamic performances in response to contemporary noise.  I have taught composition and literature courses at UNC-Chapel Hill, Durham Technical Community College, and Saint Augustine’s University.


  • Co-editor, The North Carolina Roots of African American Literature. General ed. William L. Andrews. University of North Carolina Press, 2005.


  • Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow, 2003, 2005-2007