• B.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • M.S. University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Areas of Expertise

  • Sociology of Education
  • Age of Jim Crow
  • Race and Racism
  • Social Memory Studies
  • Qualitative Methodology


I’m Chair and Professor of Educational Studies and Africana Studies at Davidson College, and I’m an affiliate faculty member in the Sociology Department.

I received my B.A. in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My M.S. in labor studies and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

My research and teaching interests are sociology of education, the Age of Jim Crow, the lives, work, and careers of African-American educators, and social memory studies.

In 2010, I published Race, Remembering, and Jim Crow’s Teachers in the Routledge Studies in African-American History and Culture Series. In addition, I have received several awards for his scholarship, such as a 2006-2007 Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, a 2011 Critics’ Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association, a 2011-2012 James Weldon Johnson Institute for Race and Difference Fellowship at Emory University.

My articles have appeared in Urban Education, Educational Studies, The Urban Review, The Journal of Negro Education, The American Sociologist, and Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography.

I enjoy teaching a range of interdisciplinary courses, such as “Growing up Jim Crow,” “Oppression and Education,” “Picturing the Jim Crow South,” and “Schools, Cinema, and American Culture.”

My approach to mentoring and advising is that I aim to do for my students what I wished someone had done for me throughout my years of schooling.