About Me


In 2015, I joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.  Prior to that, I taught at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where I was a visiting assistant professor of History.  My bachelor’s degree in History was earned at the University of South Carolina and I completed my doctorate in Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  New Jersey was a natural place for me to settle as I have written two books on native son Paul Robeson: The Politics of Paul Robeson’s Othello and Paul Robeson: A Life of Activism and Art. I have also written a book about the long civil rights movement called The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World: Southern Civil Rights and Anticolonialism, 1937-1955, Robeson 1which came out in 2014.  Much of my current work focuses on public scholarship, and using the arts to educate middle school, high school, college students and the general public with Winfield Artists.  In 2018 I finished an in-depth study of global contemplative traditions at the Open Center in New York City.  I have practiced meditation for over twenty years and have been leading meditation groups for over three years.  In all I do as a writer and educator, I aim to, as comic-activist Dick Gregory used to say, “Be part of the light.”