Grants, Fellowships & Awards
Research Projects & Consultations
Invited Lectures & Discussions
Conference Papers & Presentations
Columbia University, New York, NY.
Ph.D. Candidate in History. Expected Date of Completion: Spring 2017.
M.Phil., in History, February 2007.
M.A., in History, June 2003.
Oral History Summer Institute, June 2001.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
B.A., cum laude in Afro-American Studies, June 1994.
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY.
Oral Historian, April 2015 - Present.
• Project Co-Director, Voices of Generations: Investigating Brooklyn's Cultural Identity, August 2015-March 2017.
• Project Direcor, Voices of Crown Heights, January 2016-December 2017.
• Co-Host & Co-Producer, Flatbush+Main monthly podcast.
- “Our Shining Black Prince: Locating Malcolm X in Civil Rights History,” (chapter), Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement, ed. by Hasan Kwame Jeffries, University of Wisconsin Press (forthcoming).
- “Analog Man with a Digital Plan: The Digital Legacy of Manning Marable,” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society 13 (2011).
- “Foreword,” The New Black History: Revisiting the Second Reconstruction, ed. by Manning Marable & Elizabeth Kai Hinton. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- “Return to Roots: African Americans Return to Islam Through Many Paths,” Islamic Horizons (July/August 2005): 16-35.
- “The Message and the Messenger: The Impact of Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam on the Million Man March,” Koinonia 12 (Spring 2000): 33-42.
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Grants, Fellowships & Awards
- Adjunct Professional Development Fund, New York University, Paul McGhee Liberal Arts Programs, 2012, 2013, 2015.
- Mellon-Mays Dissertation Completion Grant, Social Science Research Council, 2010.
- Center for Contemporary Black History Research Fellow, Columbia University, 2005.
- Mellon-Mays Pre-Doctoral Research Grant, Social Science Research Council, 1999, 2003, 2004.
- Muslims in New York City Project Research Grant, Columbia University, 2003.
- George E. Haynes Graduate Merit Fellowship, Columbia University, 2001.
Project Manager/Associate Editor/Lead Researcher, May 2000 - May 2008.
Project manager of university-wide multi-departmental $750,000 research, archival, and digital humanities project on Malcolm X.
• Associate Editor, The Autobiography of Malcolm X Multimedia Study Environment. • Coordinator, Malcolm X Project oral history initiative. • Lead Researcher for Manning Marable's Pulitzer Prize-winning Malcole X: A Life of Reinvention (2011).
The Butler, Sony/Columbia Pictures, Los Angeles, CA.
Research Consultant, June 2009 - November 2009.
Researched civil rights histories of Presidents Eisenhower through Reagan, for The Butler (2013), feature-length film inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, African-American butler who served in the White House from 1953 to 1984.
New Muslim Cool, Specific Pictures, San Francisco, CA.
Senior Advisor, April 2005 - January 2011.
Provided research support, critical review, and community engagement strategies for New Muslim Cool (2009), full-length documentary on a Puerto Rican-American Muslim hip-hop artist and activist, broadcast on “POV” for PBS television.
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New York University, Paul McGhee Liberal Arts Programs. Spring/Summer/Fall 2008, Spring/Fall 2009, Summer/Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring/Fall 2015, Spring 2016.
“Malcolm X: A Life of (R)Evolution”
City College of New York, City University of New York, Black Studies Program. Spring 2011, Spring/Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2015.
New York University, Paul McGhee Liberal Arts Programs. Spring 2010, Fall 2012.
“Islam in the African American Experience”
City College of New York, City University of New York, Black Studies Program. Fall 2014.
Columbia University, Institute for Research in African-American Studies. Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010.
Rutgers University-Newark Campus, Department of African American and African Studies. Fall 2005.
“African Heritage, American Experience” (Introduction to African-American Studies)
City College of New York, City University of New York, Black Studies Program. Spring 2013, Spring/Summer/Fall 2014, Spring 2015.
“African-American History” (Survey)
LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York, Department of Social Science. Summer 2012.
“United States History from Colonial Period to the Civil War”
Hunter College, City University of New York, Department of History. Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014.
“United States History from the Civil War to the Present”
Hunter College, City University of New York, Department of History. Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015.
“The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln”
New York University, Paul McGhee Liberal Arts Programs. Spring 2010, Spring 2014.
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- Site Developer & Designer, The Influence of Islam on Popular Hip-Hop Music Digital Archive v1.1 (Unpublished Beta), 2012.
- Researcher & Writer, Beats and Risalahs Islam & Hip Hop Interactive Multimedia Timeline. Published by PBS as part of POV’s website for documentary film, New Muslim Cool. 2009. http://www.pbs.org/pov/newmuslimcool/photo_gallery_beats_and_risalahs.php
- Research Associate, Amistad Digital Resource. Published by Columbia University Center for Contemporary Black History & Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. 2009. http://www.amistadresource.org/
- Associate Editor & Educational Function Designer, The Autobiography of Malcolm X Multimedia Study Environment. Published by Columbia University Center for Contemporary Black History & Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. 2005. http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/mmt/malcolmx/
- Researcher & Contributor, Malcolm X: Life After Death E-Seminar. Published by Columbia Interactive. 2001. http://cero.columbia.edu/0402
- Researcher & Writer, The Souls of Black Folk Multimedia Study Environment. Published by Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. 2001. http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/mmt/dubois/
- “Malcolm X in Brooklyn,” Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY, November 16, 2015.
- “Malcolm X: 50 Years Later,” National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, TN, May 23, 2015.
- “Annual Celebration of the Birthday of Malcolm X/El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz,” Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY, May 19, 2015.
- “Purple Rain: 30 Years Later,” Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY, June 25, 2014.
- “Researching Malcolm X, Reading Manning Marable,” The Hooks Institute National Book Award Lecture, Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, March 19, 2013.
- “Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: Living Black History in the 21st Century” (Panel), Harlem Book Fair, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY, July 23, 2011.
- “(Re-)Discovering Malcolm X: An Educator Workshop,” Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC, Junly 14, 2011.
- “Bending the Arc of Justice: Black History & the American Radical Tradition” (Panel), Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, February 22, 2011.
- “New Muslim Cool” Film Screenings & Discussions of Islam in America, American Documentary Showcase, U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain, July 30 - August 4, 2010.
- “New Muslim Cool” Film Screening & Discussion, Center for Media, Culture & History/Center for Religion & Media, New York University, February 5, 2010.
- “New Muslim Cool” Film Screening & Discussion, Media, Arts & Culture Unit, Ford Foundation, New York, NY, July 29, 2009.
- “These Are the Breaks (and Continuities): Curating the Malcolm X Mixtape Project,” The Legacy of Malcolm X: Afro-American Visionary, Muslim Activist, Duke University, Durham, NC, February 20, 2015.
- “Muslim Lands in This Country: The Nation of Islam's African-Asian Bazaars and the Creation of Muslim Spaces in NYC, 1957-1963,” Malcolm X: 50 Years Later, Lehigh University, Lehigh, PA, February 18, 2015.
- “‘Inspired by Black Muslims & Christians’: Building a Digital Archive Documenting Islam in Popular Hip-Hop,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 18, 2012.
- “MPLS (Minneapolis): As Site and Sound,” EMP Pop Conference, New York University, New York, NY, March 24, 2011.
- “Racialization & Naturalization: How America's Racial Past Is Shaping Muslim-Americans' National Future,” Muslim-American Citizenship: A Decade Since 9/11, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, New York, NY, October 7, 2011.
- “Mapping Malcolm X’s World: Manning Marable’s Enduring Legacy as Historian,” Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Richmond, VA, October 7, 2011.
- “Mapping Islamophobia: Racialized Religious Geographies in Debates Over ‘Hallowed Ground’,” Hallowed Ground? American Islam and the Politics of Space, Yale University, New Haven, CT, October 25, 2010.
- “Cultural Identity & Islam,” (Respondent), Show and Prove: A Symposium Featuring New Work in Hip Hop Studies, New York University, New York, NY, September 2010.
- “The Nation of Islam’s Mosque No. 7,” 27th Annual Conference on New York State History, New York, NY, June 3, 2006.
- “From ‘So-Called American Negro’ to ‘Bilalian’: The Construction of an Alternative National Identity for African American Muslims,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Philadelphia, PA, January 6, 2006.
- “Return to Roots: Islam’s History in Black America,” Center for Contemporary Black History Colloquium, Columbia University, New York, NY, October 28, 2005.
- “‘Black Mecca’: The Nation of Islam’s Mosque No. 7 and Islam in New York City,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, November 22, 2004.
Cable News Network (CNN), MSNBC-TV, National Public Radio (NPR), Newsweek, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Democracy Now!, theroot.com, WNBC-TV (New York), WABC-TV (New York).