Charles & Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University
I am honored to be counted among only a handful of distinguished scholars who study the lives of women of African descent who called America their home during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I am a social historian, a scholar of urban history, women’s history, and Philadelphia history. In addition to my books, I have written articles, essays, encylcopedia entries, and book reviews and I have given numerous scholarly talks across the country. I enjoy teaching undergraduates and doctoral students who work with me on projects connected to African American history and the larger African diaspora.
Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia
In 2011, I became the Inaugural Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. The program brings together scholars and interested members of the public to explore and discuss the experiences of people of African descent in the Americas from the beginnings of European colonization through 1900. At the Library Company I work with some of the very best graduate students as well as junior and senior scholars, who are contributing groundbreaking work to the field. The Program in African American History is committed to the strong need to diversify the professoriate and at the Library Company of Philadelphia, I work with a growing network of scholars who support and promote this mission.