Associate Professor and former chair of the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, researches and teaches black women's labor history and racial and gender politics. She is the editor and a contributor to the noted anthologies Sister Circle: Black Women and Work (Rutgers, 2002) and Women's Labor in the Global Economy: Speaking in Multiple Voices (Rutgers, 2008); her most recent essay appears in Telling Histories: Black Women Historians in the Ivory Tower (UNC Press, 2008). She has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and, in the spring of 2008, at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, where she worked on her historical monograph about gender, labor, and citizenship in the lives of African Americans in the United States from the 1860s to 1920s.
Department of African American Studies