Queer, Bisexual | Pronouns: he/him/his
What does identifying (or not identifying) with the BGLTQ community mean to you?
Identifying with the BGLTQ community means sharing solidarity with all the community members across the University and showing support for the most marginalized of us.
How, if at all, has your identity shaped your academic and/or professional journey?
I study how we perceive and evaluate other people, particularly in professional settings. My racial and sexual identities play heavily in my academic journey as I try to uncover how the queer looks to the normative.
What advice would you give to yourself when you were an undergraduate?
When I was an undergraduate, my biggest struggle was with integrating myself - finding harmony in being Black, queer, male, secular, scholarly, and critical when those identities often clash. I would advise myself or anyone else like me to embrace the absurdity of identity and choose to see yourself as a whole person notwithstanding the fluidity with which we navigate the world.
What support can you provide to current undergraduate BGLTQ students who are hoping to enter into your field?
Any undergraduate looking to get into doctoral programs can come to me to talk about the often isolating and lonely aspects of the journey and ways they can mitigate against it. I also am a first-generation college graduate, so I can add advice and support from that perspective.
What are your areas of expertise?
- African-American Studies: Black feminist thought, Black queer studies, Black US history, intersectionality, public policy, race and class
- Higher Education: academic admissions, academic advising, affirmative action, career advising, pedagogy and discussion leading, residential life, student life
- Law: constitutional law, critical legal theory, criminal law and procedure, critical race studies, empirical legal studies, race and the law, sexual orientation law
- Psychology: discrimination and prejudice, diversity and inclusiveness, intergroup relations, legitimacy and fairness, person perception and evaluation, political psychology, social psychology, stereotypes
- Statistics and Data Science: conjoint analysis, Excel, mediation modeling, mixed methods, multivariate modeling, multilevel analysis, psychometrics, R, SPSS, structural equation modeling