EDUCATION

Ph.D.  African Diaspora History, 2016 New York University                                                                                                         

     Dissertation: "Adopting Diaspora: African American Military Women in Cold War West Germany."

     Advisor: Michael Gomez. Committee: Michele Mitchell, Martin Klimke, Maria Hoehn, Mary Nolan.

M.A.  U.S./African-American History, 2009 Seton Hall University                                                                                                                                                                   

B.A.  American Studies, Economics, Civil Law, 2006 Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität, Germany                                               

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Comparative Diasporas; Civil Rights Movement; diasporic formations and encounters; African Diaspora in Europe; Black women’s activism; American GI’s and interracial relationships; Postwar German race and gender relations.

SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2015-2016       Margaret Brown Fellowship for Dissertation Completion                                               

2009-2015       Henry M. MacCracken Program Fellowship, New York University                                                               

2013                History Department Summer Research Grant, New York University                          

2013                Provost's Global Research Initiatives Fellowship, New York University Washington, D.C., March-April                    

2013                German Historical Institute, Doctoral Fellowship, March

2012                German Historical Institute, Doctoral Fellowship, July

2012                Mellon Pre-dissertation Summer Research Grant

2007-2009       History Graduate Assistantship, Seton Hall University

2006-2007       German Language Fellowship, Vassar College                              

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“When Things Get Hairy: Afros, Cornrows, and the Desegregation of U.S. Military Hair Salons in West Germany,” forthcoming in African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal  September 2017.

Chapters in Edited Collections

 “Peripheral Inconsistencies: Martha Stark and Afro-German Experiences during the Third Reich,” in Remapping Black Germany: New Perspectives on Afro-German History, Politics and Culture, Sara Lennox Ed. (University of Massachusetts Press, December 2016).

Other Publications

"Black Wives, White Maids: Social Implications of Black Military Wives in US-Occupied Germany,"  on The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany (November, 2016).

“’On Black Feminism’ – A Q&A with Kristal Brent Zook,” TRIBE de MAMA Magazine Vol. 10 (November, 2016). Also available as a podcast here

Works in Progress

Adopting Diaspora: African American Military Women in Cold War West Germany. Book Manuscript. 

“’From that Day on We Kept Her’: African American Military Women and the Adoptions of Germany’s Black Children.” 

INVITED TALKS

2013                “Black American Military Women in Cold War West Germany,” German Historical Institute, PhD Colloquium, Washington, D.C., March 21.

2013                “Black American Military Women in Cold War West Germany,” History Department, Research Colloquia, JFK Institute at Free University Berlin, Germany, April 25.

2013                “Black American Military Women in Cold War West Germany,” American Studies Works in Progress Workshop, Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster,               Germany, April 29.

2011                “The Experiences of African American Servicewomen and Military Wives in Germany: An Oral History Project,” Seton Hall University, October 26.

SELECTED CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Panels Organized

2013                Panel Chair, "Gendering Diaspora: Centering Black Women’s Narratives," 7th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic, October 30-November 2.

2011                Panel Chair, “Civil Rights in Transatlantic Perspective,” First Annual Black German Convention, German Historical Institute, Washington D.C., August 19-21.      

Papers Presented

2014                “Adopting Diaspora: Black American Military Women and Germany’s ‘Brown Babies,’” African/ Diaspora Student Workshop, New York University, January 29.

2013                “Black American Military Women’s Activism in Postwar Germany,” Third Annual Black German Convention, Amherst College, MA, August 8-11.

2011                “Peripheral Inconsistencies: Martha Stark and Afro-German Experiences during the Third Reich,” German Studies Association Conference. Louisville, Kentucky, September 22-25.

2011                “The ‘Amazing, True Life Story of a Negro Girl in Germany Who Fought Hitler – and Won:’ Martha Stark and African American Identity Formation in a Transnational Context,” 6th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. November 3-6.

In Preparation

“Visions of Diaspora: African American and Black German Encounters in Cold War West Germany,” to be submitted to the 9th Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), Seville, Spain, 7-11 November 2017.         

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

San Diego State University

Lecturer, European Studies Department  (since Spring 2017)

New York University

“Black Europe,” Sole Instructor (Fall 2012)                                                                                   

Vassar College

German Language Courses, Sole Instructor (Fall 2006 and Spring 2007)

Poughkeepsie High School, New York

Guest Lecturer on German Culture through Vassar College's Language in Motion International Outreach Program (Fall 2006 and Spring 2007)

RESEARCH AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 2011-present   Associate Scholar with the Research Initiative and Digital Archive: The Civil Rights Struggle, African American GIs, and Germany”,  a collaborative    project of the German Historical Institute, D.C., the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, and Vassar College.

2007-2009       Graduate Program Assistant, Seton Hall University, History DepartmentCoordinator of “NJ History Day,” a state-wide outreach program encouraging historical research at the high school level                                                                      

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND WORKING GROUPS

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Africa~Diaspora Forum, New York University

African/Diaspora Student Workshop, Founding Member, New York University

American Historical Association (AHA)                                                                     

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD)                             

Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA)                                                                        

TEACHING INTERESTS

Black Europe; Sexuality and Gender in the African Diaspora; the Civil Rights Movement in a Transnational Framework; Colonial Africa; Gender Theory in African History; the Transatlantic Slave Trade; Cultural Formations in the African Diaspora; Black GIs in Postwar Germany; Black Experiences in the U.S. Military Empire.

NON-ACADEMIC WORK

2016-present    Curriculum Consultant for content related to Black Studies

                              Albert Einstein Academies Charter Schools, San Diego

2016 Managing Editor and Content Curator for Black Cultural Issues

             TRIBE de MAMA Magazine and Podcast (http://www.tribedemama.com/podcast/)

REFERENCES

provided upon request