I am a scholar and professor of African Diaspora history. My scholarship and teaching focus on constructions of race, identity, culture, public narratives, and histories within the African Diaspora. My forthcoming book is entitled “Bound to the Fire: Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks, Conjuring, and Community”. I specialize in the following: Material and Visual Culture, Black Expressive Culture, Historical Archaeology, Public History, Cultural Resource Management, Foodways, Gender, Domestic Labor, Black Feminist Thought, Cultural Landscapes, Plantation Museums, Cultural Tourism, Memorials, and Memory.


  • 2014–present
    Historical Consultant , Deetz Consulting Services: Historical Interpretation and Facilitation
  • 2014–2016
    Research Associate , University of Virginia
  • 2012–2014
    Assistant Professor/ Director of Public History, Roanoke College
  • 2010–2012
    Ainsworth Visiting Scholar, Randolph College
  • 1996–2010
    Archaeologist/Historian , Cultural Resources


  • 2010 
    University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.
  • 2006 
    University of California, Berkeley, M.A.
  • 2002 
    College of William and Mary, B.A.