Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
Major: History of Atlantic Cultures and the African Diaspora
Minor: African American History

Dissertation:    Islands in the North: (Re)Creating Jamaican Identities & Cultures in Toronto and New York City During the Long Twentieth Century 
Committee:     Mia Bay (co-chair), Walter C. Rucker (co-chair), Kathleen Lopez (Rutgers), and Barrington Walker (Wilfrid Laurier University)

M.A., York University, Toronto, ON
Thesis:     Where’s the Beef? The Controversy Over Food, Jamaican-Canadian Identity Formation and Citizenship
Supervisors:     Michele A. Johnson and Kathryn McPherson

B.A., Specialized Hons., York University, Toronto, ON
cum laude

AA, Hons., Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology



Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Department of History
Assistant Professor
African Diaspora in the Americas

2021 - 2022
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs - Canada Program

William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow



Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Department of History
Instructor, History of the Caribbean

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Department of History
Instructor, Popular Music in United States History

Department of English
Instructor, Expository Writing I 




Jamaicans in the North: Re/Creating Identities, Cultures, and Communities in Urban Canada and the United States. (in progress).


"A Short History of Jamaican Track Athletes at the Annual Penn Relays Carnival in the 20th Century.” (Under Preparation)

“Where’s the Beef? The True Story of Jamaican Beef Patties and the Jamaican Community versus the Canadian Government in 1985" (Under Preparation)

“A Riot Is The Language Of The Unheard: Centering Black Caribbean Voices in Crown Heights,” Journal of American Ethnic History (forthcoming).

Articles (Non-Refereed Electronic):

“She Wiggled Her Body In The Most Suggestive And Obscene Manner Sexuality And Respectability In The West Indian Labor Day Parade.” Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History,   April 27, 2021.

“Learning While Black: I Was Streamed to Fail.”   Huffington Post Canada, May 23, 2017.

“Black Women Were Vital to the UK’s Black Power Movement Even Though Guerrilla Doesn’t Show It.”   EBONY Magazine,  April 12, 2017.

Book Reviews:

Review of David K. Wiggins, Kevin B. Witherspoon, and Mark Dyreson, Black Mercuries: African American Athlete, Race, and the Modern Olympic Games. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Journal of Sport History. (forthcoming).

Review of Carly Goodman, Dreamland: America’s Immigration Lottery in an Age of Restriction. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2023. Journal of Social History. (in progress).

Review of The Porter. Created by Arnold Pinnock and Bruce Ramsay, Season 1, CBC Television/ BET+, 21 February 2022. Canadian Historical Review, 104, no. 2 (June 2023).

Review of Marcia Chatelain, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. "Marcia Chatelain. Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. New York: Liveright Publishing Corp., 2020. 336 pp. ISBN 978-1-63149-394-2 $28.95 (cloth)." Enterprise & Society,   Summer 2022.

Review of Stuart Hall, Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands. “Stuart Hall: ‘Familiar Stranger’ of the Black Atlantic.” Black Perspectives, African American Intellectual History Society,  July 6, 2018.