TEACHING + MENTORSHIP
TEACHING & MENTORSHIP
My varied teaching interests include 20th Century and Contemporary Black Visual and Literary cultural productions, Writing and Composition, Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies, Black Feminist Theory, and Science and Technology Studies.
Most recently, I designed and taught a course entitled Black Ecoliterature in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. In this course, students delved into the ways in which the categories of race, gender, nature, place, and technology cohere and become complicated within a contemporary catalog of texts that we might call—to borrow language from Kimberly Ruffin—Black Ecoliterature. Central questions guiding the course included "How can/do our notions of black feminism inform our ideas of ecology?" and "In what ways does centering black female subjects shift our extant understandings of environmental ethics?"
Additionally, I have TA'd for or co-taught a variety of courses in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern and the English department at Purdue University. Courses include The Social Meaning of Race, Queer Literatures of the African Diaspora, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, Race, Class, and Gender, Transnational Black Cultures: Britain and Germany, and Writing about Writing.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of mentoring several undergraduate students in the areas of academic research and writing, professional development, and graduate school preparation while working with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) programs at both Northwestern University and Barnard College.
As a MMUF fellow myself, I welcome inquiries and contact from current fellows as well as prospective undergraduate fellows!