I am a feminist interdisciplinary scholar and teacher whose interests focus primarily on cultural politics and public policy. An interdisciplinary approach is attractive because the types of questions I explore, in both my teaching and research, require integration of multiple theoretical and methodological approaches. I use an interdisciplinary approach to address complex problems around issues of inequality and social justice. My activities are primarily designed to generate new frameworks for understanding race, class, gender and public policy. As an interdisciplinary scholar, I borrow from and contribute primarily to the fields of Black Studies, Political Science and Women’s studies and Gender Studies. A central goal of my research is to contribute to the development of Black feminist theory and practice.
My journey in academe involves somewhat of a winding path. It started at the age of 16 when I entered Medgar Evers College (Brooklyn, NY). I later transferred to Brooklyn College, NY and earned a B.A. in Economics in 1992. Holding on to the dream of being an economist I attended the University of Connecticut and earned my M.A. in Economics. For various reasons I opted to pursue my Ph.D. in Political Science. And here I am today, a Professor of Public and Community Service at Providence College. Additionally, I serve as the Director of the Black Studies Program.