Research Interests: Black Feminist Theory, Literature and Media (Social Media, Films, Albums, Video Games, for instance), Feminist Spirituality , Queer Theory, Feminist Development, Ethnic Identity Development, Social Justice Education and Allyship Development
My teaching and research exists at the intersection between Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and Cultural Studies. I am deeply interested in exploring the ways that women develop and construct feminist identities; especially women of color who co-construct their feminist identities in relation to their racial identity. The goal of my research is to offer theoretical understanding for practical application thus I am interested in developing programs, initiatives and services that encourage feminist development. In utilizing Black Feminist theory, I hope to center and connect the experiences of all women of color, and both cis, trans and gender queer women in my research. Other research interests include African American and Asian American ethnic identity development, feminist literature, interpretations and applications of feminist media, and feminist spirituality.
In my workshops and presentations, I utilize art and spirituality (with tools such as meditative journaling, intention setting, memory work, etc.) to help participants explore their professional and personal goals. For my audiences that are solely WOC or POC, I focus on providing healing and self-care practices that can help with identity-based trauma and radical goal setting.
Select Research Papers
The Ohio State University- Dr. Marc Johnston-Guerrero, College Student Development 1: Psychosocial Theories, LITERATURE REVIEW TITLE: Can I Get Off Stage Now? The Psychological and Developmental Effects of the Model Minority Myth on API Students: This brief literature review speaks to the ways that Model Minority Myth negatively impacts the psychosocial health of Asian students.
The Ohio State University- Dr. Amy Barnes, Group Interventions, PAPER TITLE: Re-Defining Leadership: This final paper speaks to how I have learned to utilize Black Feminist theory to develop the way I lead and support students.
The Ohio State University- Dr. Jackie Blount, History of Colleges and Universities, PAPER TITLE: To Empower or Divide? Defining Leadership from the Colonial Era to WWII: This paper was written to answer the following prompt, “One reason long offered to justify higher education is that it prepares individuals to become leaders in our society. As you consider the history of higher education from the colonial era to WWII, do you agree with this view? If so, how have higher education institutions produced leaders? How successful have they been? If not, why not?”
The Ohio State University- Dr. Jackie Blount, History of Colleges and Universities, PAPER TITLE: Fists in the Air: Black Student Activism in the 1960s & the 2010s: This paper compares and contrasts the Black Campus Movement in the 1960s with the Black Lives Matter student activist network of the 2010s.
Rutgers University- Camden- Dr. Aaron Hostetter, Senior Seminar- Consumption, PAPER TITLE: No, No, No: The Struggle for a Supreme Consciousness in Jordan Peele’s Get Out: Utilizing Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, I explore the struggle for a dominant consciousness in the film through the context of American critical race theory.
Rutgers University- Camden- Dr. Keith Green, Senior Seminar, Autobiography of The Self, PAPER TITLE: “The Black Woman’s Burden: Embodying and Escaping the Myth“: In this paper, I hope to explore the ways that black women in Harriet Jacob’s 1861 Incidents in the Life Of A Slave Girl and Beyonce’s 2016 album Lemonade verbalize their pain through the use of masking and myth.
Rutgers University- Camden- Dr. Ellen Ledoux, Gender and Sexuality in Anglo-American Literature; PAPER TITLE- Mythological Circles: Female Community Influence in Zami: This paper explores the various ways that communities of women act as muses, sages and guides in Audre Lorde’s biomythography “Zami.” These women construct Lorde’s beliefs surrounding language, blackness and sexuality.
Rutgers University- Camden- Dr. Chris Fitter, Shakespeare; PAPER TITLE: Women in Shakespeare: Highly Intelligent, Morally Centered and Unappreciated– Many position Shakespeare as a sexist, who disrespects women. In this paper, I argue that Shakespeare’s view of women can be best understood by the way he depicts men in his plays; the women, in contrast to the often evil, often morally corrupt, men are both clever and ethical.
Rutgers University- Camden- Presented at the Buffy to Batgirl Conference; PAPER TITLE: Female Protagonists in Bluebeard: The Constructed Modern Woman and Her Bloody Chamber– Angela Carter is one of my favorite authors, and I am intrigued by her ability to explore and rewrite fairy tales that are visceral and complex. This paper contrasts the female protagonists in Carter’s Bloody Chamber and Charles Perrault’s Bluebeard.
Rutgers University- Camden- Dr. Elizabeth Alvares, History of Christianity; PAPER TITLE: “Spiritual Gifts: The Pentecostal Divide“- In this paper, I discuss the use of glossolalia as a means of dividing the modern Pentecostal Christian church into the “saved” and the “unsaved.” This divide breaks down the community of the church.