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Professional CV

Educator and Artist

Research and Teaching Interests: 19th Century African American Literature, 19th and Early 20th Century Black Women’s Social Movement, African American Arts and Culture, 19th Century Black Atlantic/Black Travel


  • University of Delaware: Masters in English, June 2020

  • Princeton University: Bachelors in English, Certificate in African American Studies, June 2013

Awards & Recognition

  • University Graduate Scholar: 2019, 2020

  • African American Public Humanities Initiative Fellowship, 2019

  • Delaware Division of the Visually Impaired, Certificate of Appreciation; May 2014


  • Delaware Art Museum: Museum Educator,  September 2021-Present

  • University of Delaware: English Composition (ENGL 110) Instructor, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 

  • UD Scholars Teaching Assistant, Spring 2019 

  • Delaware Technical Community College, Stanton Campus (DTCC): Educational Laboratory Specialist, January 2014-September 2016, Adjunct Professor, Fall 2014 & Fall 2015

  • TeenSHARP Delaware: Academic Advisor, July 2016-August 2018: Instructor, January 2016-June 2016

Public Art and Humanities

  • Artist Blogger:

  • Artist Instructor: True Essence: Discovering Your Inner (g), May 2021

  • Designer and Painter: United Neighbors 2020 Community Mural @ 6th street, October 2020

  • Lead Artist, Culture Restoration Project: Kuumba Art Kits Project, December 2020

  • Colored Conventions Project, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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