Photo by: Gisela Silla

Although born in Minneapolis, MN, I was raised in a small state capital, Harrisburg, PA.  I moved to the “big city” for undergrad, attending University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  In addition to completing both B.A. and M.A. degrees at Penn, Philadelphia became my second home and the site where I deepened my interests in literature, art, and religious philosophies.

My research interests include not only nineteenth-century black classicism, but also black feminist theory, depictions of conjure women in nineteenth and twentieth-century African American and Caribbean Literature, New World syncretic religions, Vedic philosophy and African Diasporic folklore.  I also serve on the Executive-Advisory Board of Vanderbilt University’s Issues in Critical Investigation (ICI) project.