This is a space dedicated to academics, artists, and advocacy that inspire me to excel at what I do. As my work revolves around African American English, Verbal Arts Tradition, and Performance & Culture, each area speaks to these interests. Check back often for new additions. I hope they inspire you!

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Influential researchers and their work


*Verbal arts and performance: artists and their project

Spoken Word



Social justice movements and activist scholarship


*These influences drive my research interests — both serving as the basis for my fieldwork research projects. See my research blog for more details.