Personal Statement:

My research examines the myriad ways in which Black women politicized their consumerism “on their own terms” between the American Civil War and the First World War. This is evident both in Black women boycotting and participating in movements to shop only where Blacks were allowed to work, as well as through campaigns to purchase solely from Black owned stores. Less well-documented is the history of African American women’s consumption of commodities to counter racist notions about their womanhood and their race.

Dissertation Title:

“‘Don’t tell me there is nothing in appearance. There’s everything in it’: African American Women and the Politics of Consumerism, 1862-1920”

Teaching Fields:

  • U.S. Women’s History
  • African American History
  • Modern Europe & Comparative Gender
  • African American Art & Literature


Courses Taught:

  • Writing 2
  • History 159B: American Women’s History of the 19th Century
  • History 2C: World History 1700-Present
  • History 7: Great Issues in the History of Public Policy
  • History 17A: The American People (Colonial through Jacksonian Era)
  • History 17B: The American People (Sectionalism through Progressivism)
  • History 17C: The American People (World War I to the Present)
  • Black Studies 1: Introduction to African American Studies
  • Black Studies 5: Blacks in Western Civilization
  • Black Studies 169BR: African-American History: Before Reconstruction


Awards & Professional Activities:

  • University of California, Santa Barbara History Department Lead Teaching Assistant
  • University of California, Santa Barbara Graduate Opportunity Fellowship
  • Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library Geiger Internship
  • Nominated for Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
  • “Embodying Respectability in France: African American Women in the First World War and the Transformation in Their Postwar Activism”
    Paper presented at the Western Association of Women Historians (2015)
  • “William Leidesdorff: The Rise and Posthumous Fall of the Most Prominent Resident of Early California.” 
Paper presented at the Western History Association (2014) and presented at the Collegium of Africa American Research (2013)
  • Writing Consultant for the Department of Black Studies Writing Initiative
    University of California, Santa Barbara (2011-2012)