Associate Professor of Ethics, Culture, and Moral Leadership and  Director of the Metro-Urban Institute
Year Started at PTS: 2022




  • Ph.D., Emory University / Ethics and Society
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary / Social Ethics
  • M.B.A., Rollins College / Business Administration
  • B.A., Florida A&M University / Business Administration


Ordination: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Itinerant Elder


Areas of Specialty

  • African American Religious Experiences - Historic and Contemporary
  • Women and Social Protest Movements
  • Civil and Human Rights Struggles
  • Religion, Race, and Resistance
  • Religious Social Ethics
  • Popular Media and Constructions of Race and Gender


Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Religion—member, Steering Committee
  • Society for the Study of Black Religion
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • Association of Black Women Historians
  • The Society of Christian Ethics
  • National Women’s Studies Association
  • African American Intellectual History Society


  • 2020-22: Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change Research Fellow, University of Memphis
  • 2020: Excellence in Mentoring Award, Forum for Theological Exploration
  • 2017: Most Valuable Professor, Intercollegiate Athletics, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2017: Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award, College of the Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2016: Barash Award for Human Service, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2016: Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars, Morehouse Colloege
  • 2015-16: Faculty Member of the Year, NCNW Penn State Chapter
  • 2013-14: Africana Research Center Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2006-11: Graduate Diversity Fellowship, Emory University
  • 2010-11: Dissertation Fellow, The Fund for Theological Education
  • 2006: Jean Anne Swope and James L. Mechem Prize in Christian Ethics, Princeton Theological Seminary

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