I hold a PhD in American Studies from Michigan State University and have taught history at Central Michigan University since 2006. I have also taught in an adjunct capacity at Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, and Wayne County Community College.
I am co-author, with Eric Freedman of Michigan State University, of two documentary histories: African Americans in Congress (CQ Press 2008) and Presidents and Black America (CQ Press 2012). My doctoral dissertation examined the impact of the Black Studies Movement on American higher education.
In addition, I spent 20 years as a professional journalist, including three and a half years with the Associated Press wire service and more than 12 years with the Detroit Free Press. I also taught high school English for 10 years in the Detroit Public Schools.