Current Courses

  • John Jay College- CUNY, Political Science. Race and Politics
  • John Jay College- CUNY, Political Science, Gender and the Law

Syllabi available upon request.

Previous Courses

–¬†Lecturer, University of Chicago, Political Science 20812. Violence and the Politics of Black Women in the United States.

From slavery to hip-hop, violence has stayed at the center of the lives of black women within the United States, both in their everyday experience, as well as in discussions about black women in the public sphere. This class will illustrate black women’s unique relationship with violence in this country, a relationship, that has, in fact, informed and motivated black women’s resistance struggles since slavery. This course is interested in the ways in which experiences of and discussions around violence have shaped the politics of black women in the United States. While physical violence will be at the core of the discussions, we will also examine the extent to which other forms of harm, be they emotional or structural, should be considered violent aspects of black women’s lives. The first five weeks of the class will provide a historical overview of black women’s experiences with violence from slavery through the black power movement. We will explore the ways in which this violence radicalized black women during these periods and informed much of their political mobilization. The last five weeks will think about black women’s contemporary experiences with violence. We will examine the way in which discussions and experiences of physical, sexual and domestic assault have changed, and how they have stayed the same over time. As a class we will debate whether or not these experiences of violence have informed contemporary black women’s political organizing. We will spend our last two weeks discussing how violence should be considered. Should we only concern ourselves with measurable, discrete physical harm? Or should we take into consideration broader arguments about structural, emotional and psychic violence as well.

Syllabus available upon request.

Preceptor, University of Chicago, Public Policy 29800. Senior Seminar.

The Senior Seminar is designed to assist students in developing and writing the required BA paper. Students register for PBPL 29800 in Autumn Quarter and continue to work throughout Winter and Spring Quarters with a BA Seminar instructor/preceptor (and possibly faculty advisers) in revising their BA papers. The Autumn Quarter class informs students about sources, methods of research, and treatment of evidence. The instructor/preceptor of the Senior Seminar serves as a reader for the BA papers. Students may choose a faculty adviser as a second reader–though second readers are not required. Outstanding BA papers can earn an honors designation. As part of the BA process, students write a policy memo that distills their BA research and, in early April, present their BA papers at the yearly Public Policy undergraduate research symposium for graduating seniors.

Preceptor, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program, University of Chicago.