I am scholar-practitioner, and my experiences outside and inside of academia inform my research, my teaching, and the way I engage with the world.
My research on women and gender through an African American and Diasporic lens draws on collections from multiple institutions in the United States, Caribbean, and Europe, drawing on the historic legacies of the African Diaspora and the civil rights movements. I have earned numerous awards and fellowships to support this research, and have been invited to participate in conference and panel discussions to share this knowledge with conference attendees and public audiences. Furthermore, in my extensive experience as museum curator, I have increased support and visibility for various institutions, established collections and digitization policies, installed exhibitions, and published digital media to support their mission statements.
My leadership experience involves establishing interdisciplinary and collaborative relationships with departments and research centers across the university campus for initiatives involving diversity and inclusion, women and gender, labor, and teaching. This involved creating reports and recommendations to higher administration, setting meetings, raising funds for these initiatives, and laying the groundwork for future programming and administrative issues. Lastly, I have worked independently to establish non-academic methods of sharing Black women’s history with the public, ranging from publications to digital media projects to connect people with collections and research pertaining to Black women’s history and material culture.
Servant-leadership is the driving philosophy of my work as a scholar and in cultural heritage institutions, and I always seek opportunities to be a part of the connections between art and empowerment, and the cultural transformations created through community activism.
Prior to entering graduate school, I was a history creative, who founded a popular history blog and wrote historical fiction under the name Evangeline Holland, and I also have been involved in various creative endeavors. I am currently the women’s history curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.