Academic CV


PhD in Performance Studies; Designated Emphasis in New Media, expected May 2022

University of California, Berkeley


MA in Folklore, 2015

University of California, Berkeley

Thesis: When Diane Tells Me a Story

MFA in Writing, 2008

Sarah Lawrence College

Thesis: Searching for Andrew


BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing

Minors in Print Journalism and Psychology, 2005

University of Miami


“When Diane Tells Me a Story.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. (Forthcoming in 2022)

“Coming of (R)age: Representations of Rage in Contemporary Films about Black Girlhood.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. (Revise & Resubmit)

“Disruptive Ruptures: The Necessity of Black/Girlhood Imaginary.” Meridians: Feminism, Face, Transnationalism. (Submitted for Initial Review)


University of California, Berkeley

Instructor ׀ Berkeley, CA ׀ August 2014 – present

New Media 151AC – New Media in American Culture, Fall 2020

“Transforming Tech: Issues and Interventions in STEM and Silicon Valley”

AAS 156AC – African American Studies in American Culture, Spring 2020

“Poetry for the People: Introduction to the Art of Poetry”

Theater 118AC – Performance in American Culture, Summer 2019 and 2020

“Performance, Television, and Social Media”

Theater R1A – Performance: Writing and Research, Spring 2018 and Fall 2019

“African American Folktales, Children’s Literature, and Storytelling”

Theater 98 – Directed Group Study, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018

“New Play Reading Series”

Theater 52AC – Dance in American Culture, Fall 2017

“Dance in American Cultures”

Anthropology 3AC – Introduction to Social/Cultural Anthropology, Spring 2015

“The Creation of the Americas”

Anthropology 160 – Forms of Folklore, Fall 2014

“Introduction to Folklore”

University of Miami

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant ׀ Miami, FL ׀ August 2002 – May 2003

English 103 – English Composition

“Fundamentals of English Composition”


“The Choreography of Black Girls in the City,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, November 2019.

“Race, Gender, and Representation,” Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA, October 2019.

“Black Girlhood Studies: Epistemologies and Methodologies,” Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, October 2019.


“Between Good and Ghetto: Ten Years Later,” Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, February 2019.

“The Sound of Ethnopoetics,” Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, February 2018.


“Black/Girlhood Imaginary,” National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 2017.


“Black/Girlhood Imaginary,” Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, November 2017.

“The Accredited Storyteller": How Academia is Professionalizing the Art of Storytelling,” National Storytelling Conference, Kansas City, MO, July 2016.

“Text, Texture, and Context: When Diane Ferlatte Embodies Brer Rabbit,” Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, September 2015.


Choreographic Composition, creative writing, contemporary young adult novels and children’s literature, early African American Literature and folktales, English composition, folklore, new media, modern dance history, performance theory, research methods



Emily Chamberlain Cook Prize in Poetry, 2020

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2018-2019

Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, Summer 2018

Mark Goodson Prize for Distinguished Theatrical Talent, 2018

Center for Race & Gender Working Group Grant, 2017-2020

Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, 2017-2018

Katherine Dunham Technique Seminar Fellow, Summer 2017

Berkeley Center for New Media Conference Grant, 2017

Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Conference Grant, 2017

UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Travel Grant, 2017

Gigs Mentorship Award, 2017

UC Berkeley Chancellor Fellow, 2015-2017

Callaloo Poetry Fellow, 2014

UC Berkeley Folklore Summer Research Grant, 2013

UC Berkeley Distinguished Graduate Fellow, 2012-2013

Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Gift, 2006-2008

University of Miami English Merit Grant, 2002-2003

Florida Bright Futures, 2001-2005

University of Miami Alumni Scholarship Award, 2001-2005

JFK/MLK Award, 2001-2005



Graduate Representative to the Executive Committee, 2019-present

Mentor, Getting in Graduate School (Gigs), 2016-2019

Board Member, Storytelling Association of California, 2015-2017

Graduate Student Admit Liaison, 2015-2016

Big Brothers and Big Sister of Southern Louisiana, 2010-2017

Delegate, Graduate Assembly, UC Berkeley, 2012-2013

State Member, AmeriCorps, 2008-2009

Co-President, Graduate Student Senate, Sarah Lawrence College, 2007-2008

Graduate Student Representative, Student Life, Sarah Lawrence College, 2007-2008

Fiction Editor, Lumina, Sarah Lawrence College, 2007-2008

Associate Fiction Editor, Lumina, Sarah Lawrence College, 2006-2007

Production Assistant, We, the Students, University of Miami, 2004



Member, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 2020-present

Member, Dance Studies Working Group, 2017-present

Member, Performance Research Hour, 2017-present

Researcher, UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender, 2017-2020

Member, National Women’s Studies Association, 2017-2020

Member, Folklore Roundtable, UC Berkeley, 2012-2015

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