B.A., University of Houston; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
Historian with training in Africa and the African Diaspora with research in the history of medicine, gender, pharmaceuticals, drug policy, and entrepreneurship.
I am a historian of Africa and the African Diaspora with interests in pharmaceuticals, global health policy, gender, medical professionalization, gender, and entrepreneurship. My forthcoming book, "Pharmacy in Senegal: Gender, Healing, and Entrepreneurship," is based on fieldwork in Dakar, Thiaroye, Guédiwaye, and Diourbel, Senegal, but also in Aix-en-Provence and Paris, France. This work is a history of pharmacy instruction, practice, and ownership from the early 20th century with the emergence of African bio-medical professionals, to the expansion of the profession and the rise of female pharmacists beginning in the 1960s.
This project serves as a catalyst for several related papers, including current and forthcoming publications on Senegal's illegal pharmaceutical trade, African women's professional development, and the historical trade of psychotropic drugs in Francophone Africa. I am especially interested in how academics interrogate African women's access to property but also Africa's role in global health policy. Future projects include work on health policy and drug policy in Africa as well as African-American pharmacists in 19th- and 20th-century New Orleans.
My classes in the Africana Studies Department are interdisciplinary and transnational and include Health, Medical Professionals, and the Body; Women in the Civil Rights Movement; Francophone Africa; History of West Africa; and Introduction to the Black Experience (African Diaspora). In class, I stimulate student interest through the use of primary sources, discussion, secondary materials, and digital media while highlighting broader historical and contemporary connections.
In addition to teaching, I am actively involved in departmental planning activities, college committees, and mentoring students. I am also involved in professional associations including the American Historical Association and the African Studies Association.