I am an Associate Professor at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington in the Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. I have over 20 years of educational experience. My research and teaching interests include a broad range of issues covering equity and inclusion, specifically around the area of African American youth literacy and education, sociolinguistic ethnography, critical race theory, Black feminist theory, research on whiteness, and critical discourse analysis. I have presented my scholarship nationally and internationally and published in various journals such as: Theory into Practice and The Journal of Classroom Interactions. I have also published book chapters and co-authored two books: Discourse analysis and the study of classroom language and literacy events: A microethnographic perspective and an NCRLL project, On discourse analysis in classrooms: Approaches to language and literacy research. I am dedicated to translating my research in multiple ways, as a result, I facilitate several community-based initiatives: Sistahs Who Care, Social Graces Education Program, the IU African American Read-In, and Community Teach-Ins.
Additionally, I work closely with teachers, administrators, and district personnel to support their diversity efforts. I have collaborated extensively with teachers through various projects to strengthen teaching and learning at the school and college level. Through my collaborations with local teachers, I have assisted in developing curricular innovations that afford teachers and students opportunities to engage issues of equity and inclusion beyond the traditional curriculum. Further, I have also developed community based workshops and trainings in the areas of literacy and diversity for educators, parents, and community members. I have professional affiliations with the American Educational Research Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.