Originally from San Antonio, Texas, I am a historian of nineteenth century African American history, politics, and visual culture. I am an Assistant Professor of History at Salisbury University where I teach African American History and U.S. History. Before moving to Maryland, I was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program of African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.
I graduated with my Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan. My book manuscript, Visualizing Equality: African American Champions of Race, Rights, and Visual Culture, 1830-1880, charts the changing roles of African American visual artists who shaped representations of African Americans during the middle decades of the nineteenth century. I am especially interested in the reception and uses of these images by those who viewed and collected these material objects. To learn more about my work, see my article, "The Art of Racial Politics: The Work of Robert Douglass Jr., 1833–46," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 138, no.1 (January 2014), 5-37.
Before my doctoral work at the University of Michigan, I graduated from Williams College with degrees in History (with honors) and English. There, I was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.