“We who believe in freedom cannot rest.” –Ella Baker

In both my professional and personal lives, I seek to engage in transformational service, to do the spadework necessary to bring people together to create a democratic culture, and to develop “group-centered leadership” skills in others.  I aim to serve my department, university, and profession; the communities in which I live and work; and the people whose lives I research and about whom I write.


Highlights @ TCU

Founding Director, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, 2017-present (organizing since 2015)

Administrative Fellow, AddRan College of Liberal Arts, 2016-2017

Outstanding Faculty / Staff Award, TCU Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services, 2015 and 2012.

Finalist, Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community, 2016

Core Faculty, programs in African American and Africana Studies, Latina/o Studies, Women and Gender Studies; Center for Urban Studies

TCU Diversity Commission, co-chair of Curriculum Committee, since 2015

Ad Hoc Committee on Status of Research, 2016-2017

Faculty Senate, and Faculty Relations Committee, 2014-2017

Instructional Development Grant Committee, 2014-2017

Graduate Committee, Department of History, 2015-2018


Professional Associations & Service

Editorial Board, U.S. Latina and Latino Oral History Journal, University of Texas Press, 2015-2018

Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA), Board of Directors (2016-2018), Program Committee & Liaison to Organization of American Historians (2016-2018)

Oral History Association, Diversity Committee (2013-2016), Stetson Kennedy Vox Populi Award Committee, 2016-2018

Southern Labor Studies Association

Texas State Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

Community Organizations

Co-Chair, Racial Equity Committee, Fort Worth Independent School District

Board of Directors, People’s History in Texas, Inc., Austin, Texas (501(c)3)

Cesar Chavez Committee of Tarrant County

United Fort Worth

Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society

Texas AFL-CIO, North Texas Jobs With Justice, A. Philip Randolph Institute

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Beth-El Congregation

Fairmount Neighborhood Association