My Work


Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 2009
General Field: African History
Minor: African American Studies

Bachelor of Arts, Ithaca College, 2007
Majors: Anthropology, Africana Studies


“On the Importance of Black – Brown Coalitions to Fight Injustice,” For Harriet, September 1, 2015,

“What Black Families Need to Know About Liberal Arts Colleges,” Black and Married With Kids, July 1, 2015,

“Black Face in White Space: 6 Tips for Fighting Racism in the Workplace,” Black Millennials, June 25, 2015,

“5 Things I Learned in My 20’s That I’m Taking Into My 30’s,” Twenties Unscripted, April 2, 2015,

“Barbie Who? 5 Black Doll Lines Taking the Industry by Storm,” For Harriet, February 20, 2015,

“Don’t Call Me ‘Black’: Racial Identity, Diaspora, and American Dreaming in College,” For Harriet, January 2, 2015,

“Apathy is Misstep on the Path to Equality,” The Kenyon Collegian, December 11, 2014,

“What Black Families Should Know About Liberal Arts Colleges,” For Harriet, November 2, 2014,

“Barack Obama Bridges Gap between African Americans and Africans in Ghana,” West African Research Association Newsletter, Fall, 2009, p. 14.

“A Student Reflects on Obama’s Visit to Ghana,” Program of African Studies newsletter, Northwestern University, Fall 2009, p. 2.

“Memories Lived: How Ghana’s Upper East Villages Remember Slavery,” Ithaca College Journal of Culture, Race, Gender and Ethnicity, 4 (2006) 1-21.

“Paradoxes in African American Consumption: An Examination of Marketing Strategies and Black Identity,” Ithaca College Journal of Culture, Race, Gender and Ethnicity, 1 (2004), 47-56.


Distant Cousins: African Americans and Ambiguity in Ghanaian Newspapers During the Nkrumah Years, American Historical Association, Boston, USA, January 6-9, 2011.

The World the Press Made: Ghanaian Constructions of Political Culture, 1957-1966, Northwestern University Buffett Center for Comparative International Research, October 26, 2010.

Heritage, Slave Dungeons, and Misconceptions: African American and Ghanaian Relations, lecture, Northwestern University, November 18, 2009

A Kingdom Divided: The Exile and Repatriation of Agyeman Prempeh I, King of Asante, panel, ASWAD (Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora), Accra, Ghana, August 2-6, 2009.

Call and Response: Hip Hop as Diasporan Consciousness, panel, Northwestern University Black Graduate Student Research Conference, 13th Annual Meeting, Evanston, Illinois, April 15-16th, 2009

The Unifying Drum: Hip Hop and Pan Africanism, African Studies Association, round-table, 51st Annual Meeting, November 13-16, 2008

The Lyricists’ Lounge, Ithaca College Anthropology Department Reports from the Field 2006

Remembrance: How Ghana’s Upper East Villages Remember Slavery, Ithaca College Whalen Symposium 2005

Female Identities in Empowerment Organizations: A Comparative Study of the National Council of Women’s Societies and the National Council of Negro Women, Multicultural Summer Research Opportunity Program Symposium, University of Minnesota, 2005.


Fulbright Institution for International Education Grant, Finalist 2011

Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Finalist 2011

Buffett Center Preliminary Research Grant, Buffett Center for International Comparative Research, Northwestern University, 2010

Summer Language Grant, Northwestern University, 2009

West African Research Association Graduate Summer Fellowship, Ghana, 2008

Dean’s List, Ithaca College, 2004 and 2007

Janet Fitchen Fieldwork Prize for Anthropology, Ithaca College, 2006.



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