University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
M.L.A. with Distinction. 1995. Interdisciplinary study of English literature, comparative literature, history, art history, film, and folklore. Concentrations: Women’s Studies and African-American Studies
Haverford College, Haverford, PA
B.A. 1991. Field: English. Concentration: Creative Writing. Focus on women’s writing and African-American writing
Thesis Advisor: Elizabeth Alexander, Ph.D.
Senior Conference readers and examiners:
Elaine Tuttle Hansen, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University; former president, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Elizabeth Alexander, Ph.D., Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies and American Studies; former chair, African American Studies Department, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Poet for Inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama, 2009
GRADUATE SENIOR THESIS
“A Cyborg’s Narrative: Postmodern Concepts of Identity and the Mixed-Heritage African-American Woman,” 1995
Thesis Advisor: Farah Griffin, Ph.D., William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY
HONORS AND AWARDS
University of Pennsylvania:
Distinction for Masters of Liberal Arts senior thesis; 3.9 GPA
Named Charles A. Dana Scholar in recognition of good character, academic promise, and leadership ability.
For public reading of a selection from creative writing thesis, received award for “Greatest achievement in voice and articulation of the English language among the senior class.”
“Black Female Identity in Nineteenth Century American Slavery: Dialogism and Resistance” Journal of Graduate Liberal Arts Studies, 1996
Paper written in “History of Black Women in America” course, 1992, University of Pennsylvania.
Professor: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Ph.D., Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African American Studies, Chair of African and African American Studies Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
CLASSROOM TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Messiah College, Grantham, PA, Temple University campus in Philadelphia, PA, 1998
Teaching Assistant, “Race, Ethnic Identity, and the Bible”