Ph.D. Temple University
M.F.A. Virginia Tech
B.A. State University of New York at Buffalo
I am a dance scholar whose research interests include 20th century American concert dance, African diaspora dance performance/aesthetics and pedagogical interests in dance studies. My scholarship has appeared in several journals including The Black Scholar, Dance Chronicle, Dance Research Journal, the Western Journal of Black Studies and the Journal of Pan-African Studies. My book chapters have been published in the edited volumes Jazz Dance: A History of Its Roots and Branches, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen, Rethinking Dance History and Are You Entertained?: Black Popular Culture in the 21st Century.
I am currently completing a book-length project (under contract with University of Illinois Press) that explores the work of Black women choreographers during the height of the U.S.-based Black Power and Black Arts Movements.
I am a twice-elected board member of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), co-founder of CORD's Diversity Working Group, a founding member of the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD) and a host on the New Book Network's Dance Channel.