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Upcoming Conversation for Racial Justice SwatTalks series at Swarthmore College

Led the 3rd annual SOMA Justice Trayvon Martin Birthday Celebration co-sponsored with Maplewood Township

Featured in America's Hidden Stories: Southern Women, Union Spies on The Smithsonian Channel


Interviewed by Rutgers Today on the way Trump influenced the news media:

Featured on NPR in piece examining


Was a featured panelist for discussion on the Public Humanities /a>for the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes


Participated in Preston Symposium on What Now? A Post-Election Symposium on Political Journalism at University of Wisconsin Madison

Moderated COVID-19 Townhall for South Orange and Maplewood townships


Spoke at Writing Retreat for Rutgers Office for Faculty Development to share ideas on publishing and writing while on the tenure-track

Moderated a discussion with the Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam authors of the New York Times bestselling book Punching the Air for Ideas Festival at Maplewood Library

Joined the Election Coverage and Democracy (ECAD) Network to contribute to recommendations on election and post-election news coverage


Invited speaker on Ethics and the Academy for graduate students at Stanford University

Published article in Journal of Cinema and Media Studies with Aymar Jean Christian Christian on Organic representation as cultural reparations

AUGUST 2020:

Quoted in New York Times on Trump supporters and conservative news

Guest on TalkBlack Instagram Talk show with Larrej Drayton for CoLAB Arts

Interviewed by NJ Ledger for a feature with 50 organizers, politicians, and activists about how to end racism in policing

JUNE 2020:

Interviewed by Alison Stewart of All of it on WNYC for discussion on who Biden would select as Vice-Presidential nominee

Quoted in the Star Ledger for story on the Thin Blue Line being removed from a NJ town .

Was interviewed on KMBZ about portrayals of police violence on Law and Order SVU

SOMA Justice featured on Good Morning America

Co-edited a special issue in the journal Communication, Culture, and Critique titled #CommunicationSoWhite with Even Ng and Anamik Saha. The issue also featured our co-authored article on Race and power in the academy and Beyond and my interview of scholars Oscar Gandy and Herman Gray.


Was selected to be a Whiting Public Engagement Fellow for 2020-2021

Co-authored article on school security titled We don’t have to scare kids while we’re trying to keep them safe


Spoke to host Keaton Nichols on WURD radio about Democratic primaries and Trump administration cuts to funding for poor Americans

Guest on Who Is podcast for Now This News to discuss Fox News


Participated in panel discussion on Right-Wing Populism at Ursinus College


Delivered the Mary Junck Research Colloquium Speaker Series lecture at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gave talk at NYU News on the Right as part of the lecture series hosted by the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

Delivered lecture in the IRW Distinguished Lecture series on Fragile Democracies in the Post-Truth Era at Rutgers University New Brunswick

JUNE 2019:

Book Talk at Philadelphia’s Uncle Bobbie’s bookstore

Check out the short animated video on my book!!!

MAY 2019:

Organized JMS Annual Student Showcase at Rutgers School of Communication and Information!

Delivered Keynote talk at the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference

Co‐organized #CommunicationSoWhite pre-conference at the International Communication Conference 2019 and presented on conference panels on media coverage of Justice Kavanaugh and black queerness

Joined Society of Cinema and Media Studies Antiracism, Equity & Diversity Task Force

APRIL 2019:

Gave talk on Branding Right‐Wing Activism at Swarthmore College

Presented on Tea Party and my new book at Maplewood Library Ideas Festival

MARCH 2019:

Participated in first campus‐wide Humanities and Arts Research Forum at Rutgers University


Book talk for the Media Activism Research Collective at Annenberg School for Communication

Organized screening of Central Park Five and panel with filmmaker, Kevin Richardson, Christina Swarns and Jennifer Sellitti for Black History Month


On WURD radio for the Lounge show to discuss news and politics

On WNYC’s Show All of It with Alison Stewart to discuss 5 year anniversary of the book‶Lean In″

Wrote op‐ed for Star Ledger on improving police practices and accountability


Went on The Lounge show on WURD to talk Trump and the news media on


Book Launch at Words Bookstore in Maplewood for Branding Right Wing Activism: The News Media and the Tea Party!!!

Was a guest host for the Uncivil podcast on women spies in the Civil War!

Podcast interview with Grassroots Collective on WZYE 95.9 FM

Talk at Temple Sha’arey Shalom on women, media, and politics


My book, Branding Right-Wing Activism: The News Media and the Tea Party, is out on Oxford University Press! ! !

Welcomed a baby girl to our family! ! !

JULY 2018:

Wrote a New York Times Op-ed on freedom, slavery, and hope in the age of Trump

JUNE 2018:

Keynote speaker for NJ Librarians Association

MAY 2018:

Presented at the International Communication Association in Prague on panel discussing the Mediated Construction of Reality with authors and other scholars

Organized and moderated the Journalism and Media Studies Student Showcase

APRIL 2018:

Gave a talk at St. John University for student collection on social justice

Presented on race, news and populism at Western Kentucky University Center for Citizenship and Social Justice


Wrote op-ed and was featured in video op-ed for Star Ledger/NJ.com

Gave a lecture at Gonzaga University on research on race, news, branding, and the Tea Party

Did interview with the Inlander on my upcoming book and talk at Gonzaga University


Spoke with CBS New York on pro-slavery clothing being sold on Amazon


Interview with La Presse on the media's renewed attention to Bill Clinton's history of sexual assault and harassment

Spoke on WURD radio in Philadelphia with host Keaton Nichols to discuss media coverage of sexual assault and #metoo


Participated in panel at UPenn Annenberg on teaching advice for graduate students


Presented a workshop on critical media literacy to NJ school educators for response to Charlottesville event

AUGUST 2017:

Presented at the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Chicago on Race, News, and Youth in Baltimore

MAY 2017:

Presented at the International Communication Association in San Diego on Anger, News and the Tea Party Brand

On panel for the Community Coalition on Race to discuss race, media, and white privilege

Delivered plenary address on hope and politics for conference at Pendle Hill conference

APRIL 2017:

Moderated a panel of journalists at the 2017 Institute for Women Leadership Conference on Media, Gender and Politics

Published piece on breastfeeding for Role/Reboot

MARCH 2017:

On WURD radio with Solomon Jones to discuss Gloria Steinem and white feminism


On WURD radio to discuss HBCUs meeting with Trump on

Organized vigil to commemorate Trayvon Martin

Quoted in article on race and comedy

On WURD radio to talk about white feminism the silencing of Elizabeth Warren and Coretta Scott King letter in the Senate

On WURD radio with Keaton Nichols to discuss Paris uprising, police brutality, and black lives matters

Consulted on DA campaign for Larry Krasner


On the Leonard Lopate show to talk protest, art, and politics

Did Q&A for Vox on Trump rhetoric about Chicago

Presented on media and politics at NJ community alt-inauguration event

On WURD radio with Keaton Nichols to discuss Black nationalism and the recent "hotep" media war


On WURD radio with Solomon Jones to discuss the potential plight of black women under a Trump administration


Began as part of first cohort for Program for Early Career Faculty Excellence at Rutgers

On WURD radio with Solomon Jones to talk about the turnout of black women for Hillary Clinton in November


Wrote article on Hillary Clinton needing to acknowledge failures of Bill Clinton

Had a baby boy on October 21, 2016

JUNE 2016:

Presented on news, youth, and the Baltimore uprising at the Cultural Studies Association

MARCH 2016:

Wrote a piece on the Tea Party and media in the rise of Trump

Attended screening for upcoming PBS film on Jackie Robinson by Ken Burns and Florentine Films , for which I advised and consulted

Spoke with Solomon Jones on WURD radio about Hillary Clinton and the black women vote

Talked to The Daily Targum about the passing of NABJ founder Acel Moore


Music blog Musiqology published panel with Penn Dean John Lester Jackson and Black Star Film Festival Founder Maori Holmes on #oscarssowhite

Participated in a panel about lack of diversity at the Oscars at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia

Did interview with Rutgers Today on the media coverage of #OscarsSoWhite

Discussed media backlash to Beyonce video Formation on Wake Up With WURD


Interviewed for BBC article on Quentin Tarantino using of the word ghetto

On WURD Radio with Solomon Jones to discuss case of Gynnya McMillen, a 16 year-old African American girl who died in police custody


Interviewed on WURD Radio about Sandra Bland and lack of grand jury charges for her death

My piece on police attack on girl in McKinney, Texas made Role/Reboot top 10 pieces of 2015

Wrote essay on the decision to not bring charges on the killing of Tamir Rice


Presented paper on Black women in reality TV at the National Communication Association Conference in Las Vegas

Invited to Athens, GA to begin two-year conference on television with other scholars using the the Peabody Awards archive

Organized and participated in Faculty Teach-In at the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University in New Brunswick

Did field research in Baltimore with colleague Rebecca Reynolds, interviewing young people about Baltimore Uprising and local news

Quoted in NJ Star Ledger in article on the influence of social media in Black student protests nationwide

Published piece in Role/Reboot on how to talk to kids about race


Appeared on the Wake Up with WURD show on Philadelphia radio to discuss cultural implications of Meryl Streep wearing a rebel/slave t-shirt for new film

Wrote piece titled This Girl Dont Got Nobody for Role/Reboot about girl attacked by police officer in a South Carolina classroom

Future Women, the piece I produced for OpenTV, is shown in the Chicago Ethnographic Film Festival as part of the Best of the Fest feature evening


Wrote a piece for Quartz on police attack on professional tennis player , James Blake, during US Open

Invited to present paper on Tea Party, race, and new at Race and Media conference at the University of New Mexico

Co-wrote a roundtable discussion on the new television sitcom The Carmichaels with scholars Al Martin and Phillip Cunningham for the media and cultural studies blog Antenna

AUGUST 2015:

Invited to co-host the Solomon Jones show on African-American owned WURD radio station in Philadelphia, PA

Produced "Future women", an episode for an ongoing Open TV web series about Honey Pot Performance in collaboration with Prof. Aymar Jean Christian at Northwestern University.

A special screening of "Future Women" took place at the University of Chicago Arts +Public Culture Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

JULY 2015:

Wrote a piece on the killing of Cecil the Zimbabwean Lion and its intersection with #BlackLivesMatter

Fun piece on wedding engagements published at Role/Reboot, republished at Mamamia.com, and cited at The Billfold

JUNE 2015:

Interviewed on the NPR show All Thing Considered about race, passing, and the public discussion of Rachel Dolezal

Was cited in Essence magazine for opinions to read on Rachel Dolezal

Published piece at Quartz on Rachel Dolezal and the Question of Transraciality

Participated in panel on the Vice News program Emphasis Added about media representations of the Baltimore riots

Wrote piece about Black women and the demand for breastmilk for Role/Reboot

Published a piece about the police officer attack on black girl in McKinney, Texas in Role/Reboot. Republished in ForHarriet.

Published in Quartz a revised essay about police officer attack on girl in McKinney, Texas.

MAY 2015:

Presented two papers on Missing White Women research and Tea Party at the International Communication Association conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Quoted in San Jose Mercury News on Internet Racism Targeting President Obama

Quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about racism directed at President Obama

My first group of Video Storytelling students at Rutgers produce their news segments on Alcohol on Campus, Adderall Abuse and on Students with Disabilities on Campus

APRIL 2015:

Delivered invited lecture on the news coverage of missing white women for the Department of Geography at Penn State University

Participated in panel titled Race and Violence as Portrayed (and Perpetuated) by the Media at the University of Pennsylvania

Wrote a piece about the Baltimore Uprising at Role/Reboot

MARCH 2015:

Published piece on the Starbucks Race Together Initiative at Role/Reboot

Begin work as a consultant for the PBS Jackie Robinson film by Ken Burns and Florentine Films http://kenburns.florentinefilms.com/films/jackie-robinson/

Served as an advisor to Reuters leadership on diversity in journalism and recruitment


Participated in panel on #BlackLivesMatter at Drexel University

Published a paper theorizing the construct of belongingness as a communicative radicalization process in marking public space in the journal Urban Geography

Interviewed by Rutgers Today on why Black History Month continues to matter.

Wrote piece on the condition of Black girls in America for Role/Reboot.

Interviewed by Rutgers Today on the news coverage of the Academy Awards.

Piece on the marginalization of Black girls in America is published in The Washington Post.


Interviewed on WURD radio about the news media's exclusion of Shaneka Nicole Thompson in reporting on the shooting spree of Ismaiyl Brinsley, who also shot two NYPD officers.

Interviewed by Vox on the influence of social media on Ferguson and the #blacklivesmatter movement for an article titled Twitter Forced the World to Pay Attention to Ferguson.


Interviewed on WURD radio about the controversy over the UVA rape story in Rolling Stone.

Published piece in Quartz on why Obama's new top cop, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, is wrong for the job.

Compiled a Black feminist reading list for Role/Reboot.

Wrote about getting my feminism from my mother for Role/Reboot.


Interviewed on Philly African-American radio station WURD to discuss the cultural politics of Kim Kardashian and the exploitation of Black women images.

Published essay in Quartz on why the Black community cannot stay neutral on the Bill Cosby rape allegations

Wrote a piece for Quartz about why, in the face of Ferguson, Black Americans still have a reason to be hopeful.

Wrote piece in Role/Reboot case reflecting on the decision to not indict Darren Wilson, the admitted killer of Michael Brown.


Invited to present on representations of White women in news at University of Wisconsin at Madison in its Race and Media Conference 2014.

Published article discussing racial implications of the viral catcalling video in Quartz

Wrote Role/Reboot piece in response to the dismissal of charges against the police officer who killed 7-year-old Aiyana Jones.


Began teaching Rutgers class on Gender, Race, and Class in the Media

Wrote Role/Reboot piece on the public response to the video depicting Ray Rice attack on his wife

Published an article in The Atlantic and Quartz on social media responses to the Adrian Peterson child abuse case as a part of African-American culture

Published an article in Quartz discussing the importance of the Ray Rice video

Interviewed by NPR program Here and Now about racial rhetoric regarding corporal punishment

Published Role/Reboot essay discussing the public response to the video depicting Ray Rice attack on his wife.

Posted an article in Role/Reboot about the media coverage of the Los Angeles Police Department detention of Django actress Daniele Watts and the impossibility of black woman victimhood

Interviewed on Los Angeles Public Radio show Take Two with Alex Cohen and A. Martinez about Adrian Peterson Child abuse case and discipline in the African American community

Interviewed on New Hampshire Public Radio show Here and Now with Robin Young about Adrian Peterson Child abuse case and discipline in the African American community

AUGUST 2014:

Published Role/Reboot article listing unarmed Black women killed by police officers and another piece responding to media discussions of domestic violence involving Black women.

JULY 2014: Started an apprenticeship with editor savant Lewis Erskine on the upcoming Jackie Robinson film produced by Ken Burns as part of research on documentary film editing

Wrote Role/Reboot piece on TV interview with Rachel Jeantel and a culture of blaming Black women. Also posted commentary describing the bad reasons that women get married.

JUNE 2014:

Book manuscript sent out for review on university press

Published Role/Reboot piece on video depicting Justin Bieber saying the word nigger

MAY 2014:

Published paper titled Fade From Black: Becoming Africana in the Journal of Pan African Studies. Paper analyzes the cultural significance of the nomenclature shift from Black Studies to Africana Studies.

Presented paper on Beyonce and Black feminist thought at the Annual Conference of the Cultural Studies Association

Wrote farewell letter to Maya Angelou in honor of her passing.

Published Role/Reboot piece on the conservative response to #bringbackourgirls and an article discussing the media response to photos of the teenaged daughter of Will and Jada Smith.

APRIL 2014:

Wrote an article on why we need to stop using the hashtag #firstworldproblems for Role/Reboot piece

Published Role/Reboot piece on the Stephen Colbert move to late-night and the way television continues to be cultivated around a white male audience . Also wrote an essay about the and an essay on the importance of women making time for themselves.

MARCH 2014:

Presentation at Society of Cinema and Media Studies on the news media coverage of White women. On a panel about race and representation with the brilliant scholars Ralina Joseph, Robin Means Coleman, and Jane Rhodes.

Published Role/Reboot essay on being born to a single mother


Invited to speak on Tea Party and News at Northwestern University's School of Communication in its Media, Technology, and Society series.

Published Role/Reboot piece on deciding not to celebrate Black History Month and an article on remembering Trayvon on the second anniversary of his death


Published Role/Reboot piece on apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and and an essay on feminism and breastfeeding


Published Role/Reboot pieces on a police detention of white and black youth in Texas and the anniversary of my father's death


Presented at the National Communication Association

Published Role/Reboot piece on media controversies over race and the NFL


Participated in panel on Race and Social media at Rutgers University's Center for Race and Ethnicity.

Contributed a piece on how to talk to your kids about children and race for the Katie Couric Show

Published Role/Reboot pieces on the Affordable Care Act and halloween racism in the media


Published Role/Reboot piece on Tiana Parker and getting kicked out of school for natural hair

Joined Role/Reboot as a a Regular Contributor

AUGUST 2013:

Served as a speaker at March on Washington Commemoration in Philadelphia

Presented on Tea Party women at the AEJMC 2013 Conference in Washington, DC

Published Role/Reboot piece about what President Obama is doing for Black Americans

Published Role/Reboot reflection essay about the March on Washington

JULY 2013:

Rachel Jeantel piece is shared and goes viral!!

Spoke with WURD Radio Host Michael Coard about Trayvon Martin vigil

Organized Vigil for Trayvon Martin

Published piece If I Could Have a White Daughter Instead of a Black Son

Piece If I Could Have a White Daughter recommended by Bill Moyers & Co

Interviewed for an article in The Root on talking to children about race

JUNE 2013:

Chaired Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division panel at the International Communication Association conference in London, England

Published An Open Letter to Rachel Jeantel on Role/Reboot

APRIL 2013:

Received Emerging Diversity Scholar Citation from the National Center for Institutional Diversity

MARCH 2013:

Presented on Tea Party Branding in News at SCMS


Accepted offer to join Rutgers University School of Information and Communication!!!

AUGUST 2012:

Published an op-ed on the Occupy Movement and urban policy in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Published a review of the film "Sparkle" and Black female representation at NewBlackMan

Published piece on Senatorial candidate Todd Akin and "legitimate rape" policies at Role/Reboot.

JULY 2012:

Conducted interview research in South Africa on race and journalism in the post-apartheid era.

JUNE 2012:

Presented paper on citizen journalism at International Conference on Journalism Studies in Santiago, Chile.

Published new book chapter in collection on the language of sound and noise.

MAY 2012:


MARCH 2012:

Honored to receive a Women of Color at Penn award.

Interviewed by Dynamo Magazine about social media activism.

Interviewed on local African-American radio station WURD about activism, politics, and city policies that target the poor and people of color in Philadelphia.


Invited by the Social Science Research Council to contribute to a new digital forum on the Occupy Wall Street and the broader occupy movement. My initial contribution to the effort is here.

Interviewed by the "Philadelphia Inquirer for a year-end story about social media and its role in protests.


Interviewed about the Occupy movement in The New York Times.

Presented on the Tea Party at the National Communication Association conference.


Quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer about social engagement and new media.

Quoted in the Metro and WHYY's Newsworks about the proposal to extend the unjust Philly curfew laws.

Was a guest appearance on the Comcast public service program Voice of Reason with Larry Kane about Occupy Philadelphia.

Was a guest on radio station WURD in Philadelphia talking about the Occupy Philly movement.

AUGUST 2011:

Presented paper on Tea Party at the International Association of Media and Communication Research in Istanbul.

MAY 2011:

Began my term as a board member and co-secretary of the Ethnicity and Race In Communication (ERIC) Division of the International Communication Association.

Presented paper on Australian Blackness at the International Communication Association Conference, Boston, MA.

MARCH 2011:

Presented paper on interventionist representations of Black middle class women in film at Society for Cinema and Media Studies

Published piece on Michelle Obama in thirdspace:a journal of feminist theory and culture.



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